Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire

A top class French experience in the city

  • Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire
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 Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 26 April 2015

Location: Festival City
Tel: 04 701 1127
Travel: Al Rebat Street
Cuisine: French
Dresscode: Smart Casual
Experiences: Alcohol available, Wi-fi, Outdoor seating, Smoking permitted, Cocktails, Pork served, Table reservations, Valet parking available
Times: Open daily 7pm-11pm
Price range: Dhs500+
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  • hashaam sheikh Mar 04, 2014 04:18 pm
    one of the best restaurants in dubai!! amazing food.
  • marina Jan 30, 2014 01:13 pm
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    We go to Reflets once or twice a year and have been for the last 5 years. I am afraid to say that it has gone from WOAW to BOF (as the French say).
    At first everything was perfect; attentive service, incredible tasting menu, wonderful setting...

    Over the years there has been a evident decline - to name a few issues: the tasting menu has been reduced, the service is a lot less attentive (e.g. waiting an eternity for the sommelier to take the wine order and a further 20 minutes for the bottle to arrive, having half of a dining party served and their food explained while the rest sit with no food, having staff who struggle to articulate the complex food which is being served).

    It is still a very nice restaurant, but a far cry from its flawless debuts.

    And to add insult to injury if you happen to be there when Chef Gagnaire is there too, do not expect any small talk or social mingling. In fact, if you get a mumbled "bonsoir" you will be lucky!

    All in all, a disappointing result as Reflets used to be one of THE best restaurants in Dubai.
  • Matthieu Fassy Feb 15, 2013 08:16 am
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    ‘C'est si bon’, lovers say that in France when they thrill to romance It means that it's so good! Yes, Reflets by Pierre Gagnaire is never a disappointment and as time passes, just like a good wine his chef Olivier Biles improves and matures… Surprising, original, creative, the ‘Menu de la Saint Valentin’ was smashing!!! I was stunned by the ‘Cockles velouté with water cress, lichette of pata negra’, blown away by the ‘Scallops from Normandie in a suc of Calvados cider, lichette of farmhouse camembert cheese’ and bewildered by the ‘Filet and pascaline of veal Demi-Deuil’ generously accompanied with some grated Black Truffle! I am not that much of a fan of deserts in general especially after a hearty meal but the ‘Brittany sable with wild strawberries’ closed the party very lightly and elegantly! As for the wine pairing there was no ‘faux pas’ and I was thrilled to discover a fresh Roussane, Cuilleron 2010 as well as a powerful Californian Pinot noir 2006 (Morgan “Twelves Clones”). Voila!!! On top of that flawless culinary experience, the service was impeccable!!! ‘Chapeau Bas’ to whole Team for the show and thank you so much to Olivier and Hugo you guys really rock!!! C’est si bon la Vie en Rose!
  • Tina Feb 14, 2013 04:53 am
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    Im no food critic, but that was by far the worst experience I have ever had and I paid 1,250/- for it.
    A piece of lamb that was 90% fat, a chocolate mousse that was raw and "potato gratin"...Im sorry but that was sand.
    What felt like a pooly managed franchise fell short to Dubai pearls like Gary Rhodes and Table 9 by Nick and Scott. Puff pastry...really?
    Worst part, I left the restaurant telling the manager I had a good night.
  • Katy Jun 27, 2012 10:02 pm
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    Amazing food , Wonderful Restaurant and Highly Professional Staff!!!
    I'll be back soon and suggest to everyone!!

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