BiCE Mare

BiCE’s seafood restaurant offers a great setting but poor value for money

  • BiCE Mare
  • Friday brunch (Friday , Saturday)

    Serves Italian sharing dishes, with a focus on seafood. Dhs250 (soft drinks).
    Timings: Noon-4pm

BiCE Mare’s new interiors are beautiful: grey-veined white marble, mirror, stainless steel, crisp white tables, splashes of cobalt and glinting grape glasses. Service is attentive, the menu is long and well thought-out, and food is enjoyable (though presentation could be a bit more imaginative). So, BiCE Mare should be a home run. It has everything going for it. Except the prices.

Shellfish starters are meaty and fresh, as are fish fillets like the turbot. Seafood is their speciality and it’s all lovely, however, it’s not particularly memorable. The fettucine cacio e pepe, to give it due credit, uses fresh, homemade pasta and is delicious. But is it worth Dhs150? We’re talking here about a dish that has roughly two ingredients: cream and cheese. Perhaps we could justify it if the truffle shavings were generous, but they aren’t.

When the bill arrives on our visit (more than Dhs700 for two starters, mains and water, excluding service) we can’t help feel it hasn’t been worth it. Romance and fountain views can be found elsewhere in the Souk, and, ultimately, the food is what should make you throw down your wallet and exclaim, “Never mind the cost, that was fantastic”. Unfortunately, on that front, it’s not quite good enough.

The bottom line

Fountain views, a romantic setting and good service are let down by food that doesn’t measure up to the sky-high prices. BiCE Mare
5 1

By Time Out Dubai staff | 18 November 2015

Location: - Downtown Dubai
Tel: 04 423 0982
Travel: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
Experiences: Alcohol available, Wi-fi, Outdoor seating, Romantic, Brunch served, Great view, Pork served
Times: Open daily noon-2pm, 6pm-midnight
Price range: Dhs500+
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • Aileen May 19, 2013 07:54 am
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
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    Been to this place with my husband and his family last month! We are delighted with the food, ambiance and service... As soon as we enter the restaurant for our dinner, the staff and the manager was very accommodating and friendly even our sits were not available yet as we arrived earlier than our booking, they let us sit in the bar while waiting for our table by the fountain be cleared. And then the manager was very generous to give us 4 glasses of wine for free as we spent couple of thousand dirham’s ... Anyway our over-all experience was fantastic and I highly recommend it to everyone if they want Italian Seafood restaurant although price can be a bit high but with the excellent food, drinks and atmosphere surely you should expect/prepare your wallet as it is a bit pricey.
  • Fahad Saeed Apr 10, 2013 08:29 am
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    its romantic but i finded amazing for every body
  • Kate Oct 23, 2012 02:45 am
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    Fantastic meal, great place to see the fountains, very expensive... really the only criticism is the lighting... had an awful job reading the menu and I do like to see what I am eating.
  • Hisataka Takao Aug 27, 2012 10:21 am
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    Great food,been several times here in this restaurant and always been wonderful.I always invite my Japanese friends and colleagues here since its one of the best seafood Italian restaurant in town.A great venue to be visit for an great authentic meal.....
  • Jimmy Aug 25, 2012 02:38 pm
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    What can i say,such an brilliant restaurant which took me 8 months to discover,i would rate this as Flawless,food is incredibly superb,along with great service where the waiters are willing to suggest the best possible for you.It should be put as the undiscovered restaurant in Dubai which i also came to know its the only restaurant in Dubai with all Italia Chefs.Bravo.... See you soon..

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