REVIEW: Le Cirque
It’s coming to the end of January and we still haven’t got into our New Year’s fitness routines. Fine, we can start in February, but right now we’re excited to be walking back into Le Cirque for a diet-out-the-window dinner. With French cuisine and some Italian influence, you’ll find classics like duck a l’orange and cod à la grenobloise on the menu, alongside such dishes, oysters and our favourite seafood fregola pasta. You’ll notice the New York-style circus theme has made its way across the ocean, bringing art in the form of eerie clown paintings and ribbons of coloured sculptures.
Seated and hungry, we browse the starters, ordering the moules à la crème (mussels) and snapper ceviche. The mussels are served with sourdough to soak up the rich creamy sauce of leeks, garlic and parsley. Probably too heavy to start, but we eat the lot. The ceviche is much lighter, delicate slices of red snapper are arranged on the plate with frozen pieces of celery and grated lime. An apple and ginger sorbet sits in the centre of the dish, adding a sweetness with some heat.
Slightly regretting the bread basket before starters (couldn’t resist), we watch the chef expertly debone our main. Dover sole coated in toasted flaked almonds with lashings of lemon and brown butter. Tucking in, white meaty flakes of fish fall apart and we are not disappointed. A simple way to cook fish, but the taste is incredible. Our waiter comes over to check on us and is shocked to see we’ve already demolished our mains.
Now absolutely stuffed and slightly uncomfortable we take a quick look over the dessert menu and decide its best not to indulge more, however much we want that sticky crème brûleé.
Le Cirque does simple French cooking well, making it hard to walk away from here hungry. For a quiet, low-key dinner for two – or somewhere to take the folks – you will not regret booking in.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 372 2323