Slim Ben Chahla

Slim Ben Chahla takes the reins of the kitchen at Bord Eau, Abu Dhabi’s most popular French restaurant.

The Frenchman brings more than 24 years of culinary experience to the award-winning restaurant. As part of his role as chef de cuisine, Chef Slim will introduce 10 of his signature dishes that will be trickled into the menu one at a time, week after week.

Born in Hautes-Alpes, France, Chef Slim has worked at the helm of top kitchens around the world, supporting chefs at Michelin restaurants like Restaurant La Rotonde at the Casino Le Lyon Vert, Le Meurice with Yannick Alléno, George V and Restaurant des Rois at La Reserve de Beaulieu.

This was followed by an 11-year stint in Morocco, where he took on more leadership roles, working as a vital part of the launch team of leading hotels, restaurants and resorts, before returning to France for a remarkable gastronomic season at Courchevel.

The 40-year-old culinary expert is currently working on the launch of 10 of his signature dishes at the classic French restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi.

To be launched one at a time every week, the selection of dishes includes classics with a contemporary twist like Foie Gras Terrine, Grilled Scallops with Baby Vegetables and Clam Sauce, Slow-Cooked Chicken Breast with Crayfish Butter, Wagyu Beef Tenderloin with Conchiglioni Pasta and Lamb Shank with Green Risotto.

Those keen on sampling a glimpse of modern French cuisine can look forward to the Open Ravioli of Langoustine with Porcini Cappuccino, Velouté of Jerusalem Artichoke with Truffles, Snacks of Poached Foie Gras with Candied Melon Broth, Red Prawns with Fennel Foam and Steamed Turbot with Caviar Bisque.

Bord Eau is known for its unique approach to cooking traditional recipes. The much-loved French restaurant is open six nights a week, from Sunday to Friday, for dinner service from 6:30 until 11:30 p.m.