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