Pierchic’s new brunch offers one of Dubai’s most expensive packages – but it’s just as good for less
Not many among Dubai’s brunch army can afford to drop Dhs2,900 on Friday merriment. That’s the top-tier package at Pierchic’s new set menu seafood brunch, and easily one of the city’s most expensive. Luckily, unless you have an unquenchable thirst for uber-premium bubbly, there’s no need, as the menu is the same.
Set on stilts over the Arabian Gulf, next to the cotton-white Burj Al Arab, Pierchic has never more lived up to the latter part of its name than it does now. Wide-open windows lend an al fresco vibe, and a salty breeze brings the interior’s swish, beachy hues to life. On arrival, guests are offered a welcome drink and freshly shucked oysters at the bar – but don’t slurp down too many, there’s a five-course procession to get through.
First, a cold seafood platter, where sweet, tender lobster and plump prawns are the stars, swiftly followed by a vessel bearing a rosemary-skewered prawn, atop a nest of slightly too soft tagliatelle. But it’s soup to the rescue. Served in a delicate coffee cup, the next course, a creamy lobster bisque, delivers an ocean-packed punch.
Of the two choices for mains, whole baked fish or chateaubriand (both for two), the former is, frankly, absurd in its enormity. Now four courses in, we struggle to get through an entire half each – not helped by some slightly cack-handed table-side filleting and deboning.
Though the seams are now rapidly coming away on our brunching attire, we’re powerless to resist the fruity baked Alaska. Sadly, despite struggling valiantly, our waiter is unable to set our flambéed plums alight, and retreats, defeated.
Having only just launched, there are a few niggles in the Brunch en Blanc experience that are in need of fine-tuning. But with a setting quite unlike any other and a real focus on the food, not one of them will stop us returning.
The bottom line A generous, not-so-wildly expensive brunch for seafood lovers (it’s Dhs575 with selected beverages).
The bill (for two) 2x brunch (softdrinks) Dhs900 Total Dhs900