According to our sources, Michelin-star super-chef Pierre Gagnaire is heading to Dubai in June, making a visit to his eponymous restaurant at the InterContinental. It’s good to know that the great man himself will be casting a watchful eye over proceedings at Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire, making sure that those molecular workings in the kitchen are all still going according to plan.
Gagnaire is not the only superstar to arrive in Dubai: Titanic – the long-awaited new restaurant from Marco Pierre White – finally opened on Thursday May 17 in the new Meliá Hotel in Bur Dubai, when the Brit restaurateur flew into town to host a gala dinner.
Titanic is the first of the two destination-dining attractions to open at the Meliá, yet we’re a little disappointed to report that we’ll have to wait until mid-June to visit Sanjeev Kapoor’s signature venue. However, for any Indian food fans desperate for a fix, there is still hope. Following the closure of the Metropolitan Hotel (have you spotted the demolition? Dramatic!), Indian restaurant Shahjahan has been without a home – a problem solved by the launch of the (mostly) new Shahjahan restaurant at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa.
Speaking of Dubai dining institutions, we’re pleased to report that Kisaku in Al Khaleej Palace is staying put. Even the most enthusiastic of Dubai’s dining insiders (ie us) can get it wrong sometimes, which is exactly what we did in the May 2-8 issue when we reported that the Japanese favourite was relocating. It isn’t, so panic not!
Incidentally, this week seems to have been overwhelmed by all things fishy. First up, we’re holding out for a huge quantity of free fish and chips at Boardwalk in Dubai Creek. To celebrate serving up 200,000 plates of fish and chips since opening in 1993, the venue will be offering free fish and chips to customer number 211,000 until the end of 2012. On reflection, 200,000 covers in almost 10 years means that, according to our calculations, by the time lucky customer 211,000 wins the prize (around November), they may be unlikely to have many months of 2012 left to enjoy their free fish Though this is just an estimate, of course…
We’re also looking forward to trying Garhoud’s newest seafood restaurant. M’s Seafood Bistro appears to be a promising new offering, with good form behind it in Le Méridien, and an interesting-sounding menu. Why then, we wondered, did the hotel decide to promote it using marketing pictures of a pretty but pouty French lady, with the sort of penchant for fish that makes us uneasy? The fish can’t taste that good, surely. Just to be on the safe side though, we’ll have what she’s having. Bon appétit!