Le Cirque

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - TRIED AND TESTED DUBAI RESTAU­RANTS -

Since it first opened in 1974 in New York, Le Cirque has re­mained in the lime­light for its fine-din­ing French-Ital­ian menu. There are now four Le Cirque restau­rants world­wide, with the Las Ve­gas out­let hold­ing a Miche­lin star as well as an AAA Five Di­a­mond Award rat­ing. The pop­u­lar restau­rant ar­rived in Dubai in April 2017, housed in the Ritz-Carl­ton DIFC.

Sub­tle cir­cus el­e­ments are fea­tured in Le Cirque’s dé­cor, with can­vases and sculp­tures of bal­loons and clowns dot­ted through­out the oth­er­wise clas­sic and re­fined bright, airy space.

The two carpac­cio starters had pro­nounced dis­par­i­ties in taste.

The one with scal­lops had a cit­rusy fin­ish, while the oc­to­pus carpac­cio of­fered a slightly smoky flavour thanks to the red pep­per sor­bet dress­ing. A sim­ple sugar snap salad tossed with feta fol­lowed, which was sim­ple, crunchy and fresh. It had a nat­u­ral sweet­ness to it, which wasn’t lost un­der the radish shav­ings.

Es­car­got can be tricky if not lath­ered in the right mari­nade; thank­fully this one was full of spices with a slight heat, which paired well with a creamy Chardon­nay.

The risotto was in­fused with a gen­er­ous por­tion of lob­ster bisque that el­e­vated this whole­some com­fort food dish into a gourmet ex­pe­ri­ence.

We fin­ished our meal with a glass of Le Cirque Club

– a smooth, gin-based cock­tail that has a laven­der and blue­berry foam, which lasts un­til the last sip, main­tain­ing a bal­anced, fruity-flo­ral flavour.

VER­DICT

The cock­tail menu is im­pres­sive and the food is rich in taste — a fine din­ing restau­rant fit for cel­e­bra­tions. Neha Gupta Kapoor

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