Step inside celebrity chef Pierre Gagnaire’s new elegant dining and nightlife destination in Festival City: Pierre’s Bistro and Bar Dubai…
Located next door to another relatively new gem – The Fish House Dubai – Pierre’s Bistro and Bar offers another reason to visit the InterContinental hotel in Dubai Festival City (DFC). As soon as you enter this fancy new hotspot you are struck by how pretty the interiors are. There’s floral elements, fauna and are even cute little animals like flamingos and turtles decorating the tables. We loved the beautiful palm and flower print walls, the brass finishes, the sumptuous velvet and the Millennial pink and pastel colour palette. There’s a cosy corner lounge area where the bar is located, complete with a stunning floral mosaic front. A DJ station and an expansive terrace facing the DFC promenade, where you can watch the fire and water show every thirty minutes.
As one might expect from a chef who founded the Michelin-star icon Pierre Gagnaire in Paris, the French cuisine on offer here is bold and delicious. The menu features simple dishes, which have been created to highlight the fresh and artisanal ingredients they are crafted with.
To begin our culinary journey, we sampled the complimentary bread basket: crackers with garlic, parmesan and olive, a soft milk bun, perfectly-baked baguette and decadent French Bordier butter. From the sharers menu we selected the Madeleine flavoured with rosemary and parmesan cheese (30AED), which comprises a bowl of buttery rosemary madeleines covered with a parmesan crisp, which you have to crack to dig in. Don’t miss it. Next we tried the Gaya Oysters (100AED for 3 pieces) from the starters menu, which are flavoured with lemon gel, sardine rillette, banana and coriander. The sweetness of banana, citrus of lemon and saltiness of sardines rillettes paired with the fresh oysters was divine and totally unique.
On to the main courses and we opted for the Spaghetti flavoured with black truffle (150AED), this simple dish is cooked with butter and wine, plus luxurious truffle, making for a bold and romantic experience on the palette. This was another favourite. We also loved the Lacquered pork belly, with thin slices of raw duck foie gras and beetroot (120AED), which comes with a cranberry sorbet, lamb’s lettuce salad and potato puree with parsley. For sides, we ordered the grilled kale (30AED) and the mashed potato with parsley (30AED).
To end a truly magnificent weekend dinner on a sweet note, we shared the Signature Apple Tart Reflets (115AED). This needs to be ordered at the beginning of your dining experience because it is made from scratch, but it is worth the commitment. The butteriness, crispness and sweetness thanks to the vanilla ice cream and Chantilly cream with Calvados is everything you would want to taste in a dessert.
Drinks wise, Pierre’s Bistro and Bar is fully licensed and serves a variety of wines, cocktails, mocktails and soft drinks. The customer service is on par with the high end prices, and the team at Pierre’s were warm, knowledgable and passionate.
In short: Don’t miss this spot, which is the perfect place to head for a special meal with someone you love or what to impress.
Insider tip: At present, Pierre’s is open daily from 6.30pm, except from Sundays when it is closed. For the most up to date opening times, refer to the restaurant’s contact details below.