Big brunch review: Ocean Vibe at Pierchic
Can this wow-worthy restaurant deliver a memorable Saturday brunch in Dubai?
Located at the end of a vast wooden pier, emerging from luxury beachfront resort, Jumeirah Al Qasr, there’s no denying Pierchic is one of the most exclusive ‘bucket-list’ restaurants in Dubai.
Taking a window table, with the Burj Al Arab in prime view, we’re surrounded by ocean views, clear enough to see the bloom of jellyfish gathered close to the surface of the sea. The restaurant is calm, but there’s a hive of atmosphere across the restaurant as the knowledgeable staff converse with guests.
The brunch is table service with a sharing style concept. Starting with a selection of freshly baked bread, artisan dips and beef cold cuts with local burrata, it’s clear to see the focus that has been placed on sourcing high quality ingredients.
Another round of starters are brought out, including the most delicious baby squid we’ve ever tried. The squid pieces are sautéed with chives and plenty of salt, balancing powerful flavour with the seafood’s soft texture. The dish is paired with a plate of mussels, fresh from the ocean and easy to devour.
Two rounds of main courses are also sent to the table, the first focused on fish, followed by a round of meat. The Dover sole comes as a full-size fillet and our talented waitress serves it up in a flash. It has a soft and creamy texture, drizzled in olive oil and served with a crunchy cauliflower salad, topped with crispy almonds and parmesan. Alongside the fillet is a sampling of giant tiger prawns and tender Galician octopus.
Pierchic’s ethos has always had a strong focus on sustainability. Ethically sourced produce is important to the restaurant, with an organic wine list to compliment its high grade meat and seafood offering.
Our meat course is served as disks of gravy-topped lamb upon a bed of potato puree with refreshing mint gel and roasted root vegetables. To say the lamb was tender would be an understatement, the knife swiped through the meat at ease, melting in the mouth before we find ourselves already reaching for the next slice.
To finish the meal off on a sweet note, we’re presented with a modest selection of Pierchic’s signature desserts alongside a refreshing portion of organic fruit. The raspberry sorbet is a winner, as is the chocolate mousse (try them together!) A great way to finish off a truly memorable meal.
The Saturday brunch is priced at Dhs375 for the five course sharing meal. An extra Dhs200 is applied if you want to make use of the four hour drinks package which includes organic wine, sparking and beers. A minimum booking of four guests per table is required.
Ocean Vibe, Pierchic, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Saturdays 12pm to 4pm, Dhs375 food only, Dhs575 with beverages. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com