Nestled within the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, Le Cirque adds another highly acclaimed global brand to Dubai's continually burgeoning culinary landscape. The very first Le Cirque – French for "the Circus" – opened in 1974 at New York's Mayfair Hotel and boasts a clientele that have included iconic Hollywood names such as Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol.

Food guide: Le Cirque

While the circus might be the initial inspiration for the restaurant, the Dubai outpost resembles more of a chic and classic French restaurant with an interior that features French rails, luxuriously upholstered dining chairs, vibrant art pieces on the walls and minimalistic light fixtures, all of which follow a clean and monochromatic colour palette with occasional bursts of bright hues.

Food guide: Le Cirque

When it comes to the food, Head Chef Wesley Tyron Berghoff brings his globe-trotting gastronomic experience to Le Cirque, curating a menu that fuses French and Italian cuisines into one seamless gastronomic experience. From the foie gras parfait and carpaccio de boeuf to tagliolini and lobster risotto, the must-try menu is a smorgasbord of the best of the Mediterranean and beyond.

Food guide: Le Cirque

For a weekday lunch special, indulge in Le Cirque's Déjeuner avec le Chef offer, where Chef Berghoff will create a special 3-course menu from the produce of the day and all centred on your discerning palate.

For reservations at Le Cirque, call +971 4 372 2444. In other food news, read about Dubai's new Latin American culinary hotspot, Waka.