If you live in Dubai or are ever visiting Dubai and truly want to indulge in a food and wine affair that can only be described as first class quality you have to visit Reflets by six-time Michelin starred French chef Pierre Gagnaire. This is a pull out all the stops romance – Krug is the house pour, chandeliers hang like diamonds from the ceiling over the lushly decorated room of plush purple carpets and floor to ceiling mirrors – a whimsical Wonderland with all the class. My Jimmy Choo handbag was even treated to royal treatment, having its own plush mauve stool to perch on alongside my chair. I would hate to think what Pierre Gagnaire would think if he knew it was actually a Thai export Jimmy Choo!
The best way to describe the food would be ‘molecular gastronomy served up like a science experiment’. Our meal consisted of about 20 courses, i lost count after about the 5th course and my 3rd glass of delicious Antinori Tignanello – so 20 may be a tad exaggeration. These ranged from red wine sorbet served elegantly on a teaspoon to beef tartare to truffled gnocchi and to the exuberant ‘Feuillitage croustillant’, a puff pastry baton halved at the table by the waiter in a neat piece of theatre and served with mascarpone and apples on a bowl of apple and calvados ice cream and apple sauce – mmmm delish!
The ambience, food, and wine of Reflets were all nothing short of spectacular – a bill for 2 would roughly be around US$500-600 obviously depending on how indulgent your night plans to be. Guys if your after some extra brownie points i am sure this will get you at least 100! It’s the epitome of romance.
InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.