Restaurant Review: Pierchic, Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah

A visual feast of a restaurant
Monday , 07 May 2012
Connected to the Madinat Jumeirah resort by a lengthy fairy-lit runway of a pier, it’s impossible not to make a dramatic entrance to Pierchic
Connected to the Madinat Jumeirah resort by a lengthy fairy-lit runway of a pier, it’s impossible not to make a dramatic entrance to Pierchic
Katie Fielder at Pierchic
Katie Fielder at Pierchic

Location: Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Tel: 04 366 6730
Dress code: Smart
Cuisine: Seafood, with meat dishes available
Times: 1pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11.30pm, daily
Price Range: $$$$$

Arriving at this restaurant is a visual feast. Presented on a stage in the sea, connected to the Madinat Jumeirah resort by a lengthy fairy-lit runway of a pier, it’s impossible not to make a dramatic entrance to this place. Once inside though, there’s a log cabin-cosiness and a sense of being cast away at sea on a dhow amid the timber walls. Overhead, stunning jellyfish-like lighting covering the expanse of the ceiling give an ethereal glow and a sense of luxury.
The food is equally impressive. The starter of yellowfin tuna carpaccio served with quails eggs, caviar and a clever preparation of king crab panna cotta perfectly showcases the culinary prowess on the menu.
Soup, rarely a show-stopper, shouldn’t be overlooked at Pierchic. Ahlan! tried their truffle and cauliflower variety, which came to the table in two parts. First served was a smoked salmon roll topped with truffle-infused caviar perched in the centre of a bowl amid a few toasted almonds – then came the seductive cauliflower soup, poured over the top, unleashing aromas and making mouths water. Possibly the most divine and decadent soup we’ve ever tasted.

Watch the preparation of Pierchic’s amazing truffle and cauliflower soup

Surf and turf gets oh-so sophisticated with a main course of pan-fried halibut dished up alongside light ravioli pockets of super-soft Wagyu short rib beef, the increasingly popular root vegetable salsify, and a delicate and deliciously airy shellfish foam.
A taste of the sea can even be found in desserts in chocolate cake laced with fleur de sel liquid caramel. There’s something so insanely scrumptious about salty caramel, we made room for this pudding where there was none, thanks to the amuse bouche, mid-course complements-of-the-chef taster dishes and delicious fragrant hot baked bread also served with our meal. What’s more, we’d do it all again. Without doubt this one of the UAE’s premier restaurants and a must-visit for any seafood-loving foodies. Hopeless romantics will be equally smitten.

Food for Thought: Katie Fielder, Presenter/Producer, Emirates 24/7, Dubai One
“Some people visit a restaurant for the food, and others want a fabulous setting. Pierchic gives you both.  The sweeping views across the waters of the sparkling Arabian Gulf are breathtaking, and the food is just about the only thing to distract you away from their depth. From the melt-in-your-mouth tuna carpaccio, to the juicy tiger prawns or freshly shucked oysters, this is a restaurant that knows its seafood.  But it doesn’t stop there – the desserts are wickedly delicious and well worth the extra gym trip the next day! I love the Red Fruits, a zesty combination of raspberry mousse, blackcurrant sponge and refreshing sorbet. The perfect finish to any meal!”

On the Menu

Yellowfin tuna carpaccio, Dhs150
Truffle and cauliflower soup, Dhs80

Pan-fried halibut with Wagyu beef ravioli, Dhs240
Hot seafood platter for two, including gratinated Gillardeau oysters, scallops and sea bass, Dhs900

Manjari Moelleux comprising warm Valrhona chocolate cake with fleur de sel liquid caramel, Tahitian milk sorbet and pistachio puree, Dhs65
Toffee banana pudding with peanut ice cream and banana mousseline, Dhs65

A four-course degustation lunch is currently available daily for Dhs159 per person!

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