Not many among Dubai’s brunch army can afford to drop Dhs2,900 on Friday dining. That’s the top-tier package at Pierchic’s new set menu seafood brunch, and easily one of the city’s most expensive. But pick one of the more basic packages and you’ll still be in for a treat thanks to the excellent food and chilled-out vibe.
Set on stilts over the Arabian Gulf, 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 – 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, 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.
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.
There are a few niggles in the experience that need 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.
Dhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs575 (selected beverages), Dhs750 (bubbly), Dhs2,900 (premium bubbly) Fri noon-4pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 432 323204 432 3232).
Most impressive dish
The lobster bisque has a real depth of flavour.