We imagine you’ve all heard of Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire – the uber-fine dining French restaurant and brainchild of three Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagniare, that was quite easily one of Dubai’s best. Open for seven years, it was quite the feat for a venue in an environment that seemingly experiences a closure every other week. Well, sadly – as all good things must come to an end – Reflets closed its doors over one year ago. Luckily, in its place we find Pierre’s Bistro & Bar – a contemporary French bistro with Michelin-level attention to detail and some of the most beautiful views of Dubai Creek in the city.
The first thing we notice about Pierre’s is the sheer size – the romantic outdoor terrace seemingly spans miles, yet the trendy light venue evokes a chic and polished atmosphere with a contrasting colour palette of earthy pinks, greens and golds with elegant foliage dotted around. The venue also boasts a contemporary bar and stylish indoor lounge and dining room perfect for the summer months.
Described as ‘French fusion’ cuisine with fresh and quality flavours, we’re presented with a traditional French loaf that tastes like it’s come direct from a Parisian bakery as we’re left to peruse the menu, which is split into both individual starters and those designed to share, a crudo selection of oysters and tataki, pastas and entrees. Oh, and Vegans rejoice – there’s a special section dedicated to your fine selves with dishes including artichoke salad with mint olive oil and eggplant mousseline with white miso.
To start we order the a selection of cured meats, duck fois gras terrine with dried figs paste, and the dish we’d been hearing so much about – the ice cream of burrata cheese rose with gorgonzola cheese and tomato soup. Yes, that’s burrata turned into ice cream. A nod to the classic Italian pairing, the result is a tangy, almost-meaty texture with an elegant burst of cheesy flavours. The fois gras goes down just as well, leaving us with high hopes for the rest of our meal.
For the main event we opt for lobster tortellini which comes flavoured with a mint orange butter, and the roasted farm chicken breast served with macaroni pasta. Now we know what you’re thinking – visit one of the best French restaurants in town and order chicken with mac and cheese? Well, trust us on this one – cooked sous vide to elevate the taste, the meat falls apart the minute it touches your fork, while the delish addition of comté cheese gives the pasta a gourmet edge. As for the lobster, it’s as tantilising to the tastebuds as one would expect, seasoned to perfection with a light yet powerful sauce.
Desserts come in both sharing and individual portions too, but being almost ready to burst, we simply opt for the lightest options we can find – a frozen raspberry bar with Dulcey chocolate and fresh raspberries, and a strawberry shortbread tart. The apple tart Reflets comes highly recommended but requires time to make, so it you think you’ll have the appetite, be sure to order this at the beginning of your meal.
While Pierre’s might be a bit of drive out for the Marina-dwellers out there, its food, views, excellent service and wallet-friendly prices make it more than worth the visit.
INFO: Pierre’s Bistro & Bar, Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, Promenade Level, 04 701 1127, firstname.lastname@example.org