One of the advantages of being in a city with an extensive coastline is waterside dining – and few places in Dubai have managed it with as much flair and romance as seafood haven Pierchic, perched at the end of a pier with 360-degree views at Al Qasr in Madinat Jumeirah. The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant recently reopened after a refurb, which only enhanced the stylish vibe – with statement features like 15 Swarovski-crystal-filled fishing net chandeliers – and added two new over-water spaces to the mix. The two pods – Chic Bar and Chic Lounge – on either side of the pier can be hired out for private use and specialise in concoctions from head mixologist Kevin Leclerc, like the potent Agni Mary, a blend of 15 ingredients including Sichuan pepper, chilli, garlic, Cajun spice and oven-roasted tomatoes that packs a punch.
The relaunch also comes with a new collaboration with three-Michelin-starred French chef Laurent Gras, who headed up the highly acclaimed Chicago seafood restaurant L20. The influence is clear, taking Pierchic’s already impressive menu to a whole new level with a firm focus on allowing the best seasonal ingredients to shine, with dishes such as yellow fin tuna ceviche with preserved lemon and borsch consomme. Pierchic has always appealed to diners celebrating special moments, but has now been turned into a destination for every occasion. We anticipate the reservations list for this exquisite experience to book up months in advance. What is clear is that Pierchic has upped the ante in Dubai’s dining scene.