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Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire
Highly Commended Best French
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It’s far from cheap, very French and bombards you with so much food it gets borderline Monty Python by the end (fortunately, a final “waffer-thin mint” isn’t ultimately forthcoming). But, if you’re after a food experience in the city, Reflets should figure a long way up your shortlist. Gagnaire’s three Michelin-starred molecular reputation pervades everything from the superb cuisine to the charming service. From the second you arrive, via private lift, the decadence begins. Before starters comes a stunning selection of seven amuse-bouches (per person!), which is replicated with sweeter iterations before pudding. The dishes in-between can be hit and miss – on our most recent visit the lobster we had been personally introduced to shortly before he was lobbed into the pot turned out to be a little bland the second time we made his acquaintance. Overall, though, this is a must-try splurge. Just make sure you go in with a full wallet and an empty stomach.
Open daily 7pm-11pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Festival City (04 701 1127).

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