Ambrosial flavours combine with contemporary décor to bring you a memorable dining experience
Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire is back with a new outpost in Festival City, a glamorous bistro that overlooks Dubai Creek and the Festival City fountains. The venue is split into a contemporary bar packed with rainforest vibes, a spacious dining room that acts as a stunning backdrop for Instagram, and a chic outdoor lounge terrace – where we sat – to people-watch in true French dining style.The menu showcases French classics with a creative twist, seen in the form of frog’s legs with parsley and garlic, which tastes similar to chicken, and rosemary and parmesan-flavoured madeleines. A highlight from the appetiser menu, that takes you on a sensory journey, is the Madagascar prawns with spinach. Feast your eyes on the glass dome filled with smoke and tantalise your tastebuds with textures of black bread and notes of preserved lemon – tangy, robust and fresh. Everything from pasta to seafood and steak makes up the menu. My dining partner chose the succulent grilled Wagyu beef ribeye (grade 5) served with a chimichurri-style topping and béarnaise sauce – definitely one of the top three steaks in Dubai – while I tried lacquered belly with thin slices of raw duck foie gras, a side of cranberry sorbet, beetroot jelly, and potato puree with parsley; all of which had to be eaten in one morsel, providing a medley of juicy textured flavours. The dessert order, Apple tart Reflets, was placed before the meal even began – they need 30-40 minutes cooking time as it’s made-to-order. And, it didn’t disappoint. End your meal with the most divine homemade apple pie complemented by vanilla ice cream, fluffy whipped cream and apple cider sauce. It’s guaranteed to give you a nostalgic feeling.
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