Le Cirque Dubai

Fancy French and Italian joint that aims high, but doesn’t always pull it off
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Time Out Says

The waiter is painstakingly gathering crumbs from our table. For the third time. It’s awkward, because he’s been there for ages and our conversation is paused until he finishes. And also because no matter how well he gets rid of those crumbs, the stains (not ours) on the tablecloth will remain. And that, in a nutshell, sums up Le Cirque.

When you aim for a high-end experience, with all the fripperies that one entails (constant pouring of water, the painstaking crumb gathering), and fall short, you can look a bit silly. And, ultimately, the prices you charge don’t seem like good value.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for a fancy night out and the food at Le Cirque (A New York import from the same stable as the altogether more fun Circo in Abu Dhabi) is, on the whole, very good. But we aren’t wowed.

The room is very impressive and the vibe is very French. But service is a little unsure of itself, it’s off-putting. Service at this level is much better when you don’t notice they’re there or they’re totally on the ball.

Tuna tartare with watermelon is a fresh and cooling plate, but there’s far too much onion.

Beef carpaccio is far more successful. The meat is sliced a little more thickly than usual, giving it good bite, while little blobs of truffle mayo lift the dish.

Mains are a similar story. Ravioli of king crab is cooked perfectly, and the sweet crab meat inside is delicious. It comes with a light bisque-like sauce, but there’s also a sweet apple compote-type substance hiding underneath. It overpowers the delicate crab and the flavours get somewhat muddled up. The asparagus risotto fares better, it’s creamy, cheesy and the cooking is bang on. It’s by far the most successful dish.

In such a competitive market, Le Cirque either needs to up its game or lower its expectations.

The Bill (for two)
1x tuna tartare Dhs88
1x beef carpaccio Dhs77
1x asparagus risotto Dhs93.50
1x crab ravioli Dhs105
1x diet cola Dhs22
1x large water Dhs22
Total (including service) Dhs429.50

The bottom line
An ambitious restaurant that doesn’t quite reach the mark.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 04 Jul 2017

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