Haute food guide: Le Cirque
From New York to Dubai
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.
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.
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.
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.