Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, InterContinental Dubai Festival City
Aside from the quirky, contemporary and rather romantic décor, and the wondrous culinary creations that see to come straight from a children’s fantasy book , Reflets’ biggest selling point is the sublime service. Cuisine of such complication (as is Gagnaire’s want) requires translating and explaning, a task that is carried out with politeness and genuine warmth by the maîre d’ – your guide to what is always a memorable culinary journey. The sommelier is equally professional and the rest of the staff exude a dignity that is rarely seen in Dubai’s restaurants. This isn’t to say that the food plays second fiddle. Dishes such as as roasted rack of lamb rubbed with garlic and oregano, or Gillardeau oysters served on a carpaccio of yellow beetroot and black pepper, prove out of this world. It doesn’t matter that Reflets is relatively quiet on most nights – the food speaks volumes.