If you’re looking to romance someone this festive season, you might decide to draw on the skills of the culinary whizzes at Pierchic. Set at the end of its own pier (hence the name), surrounded by expertly placed spotlights and flickering flames, this well-known seafood eatery is a visual spectacle all on its own.
The dazzling lights of the Burj Al Arab and Atlantis The Palm work wonders for the magical view, and contrasted against the peaceful backdrop of the Gulf’s azure waters, this one-of-a-kind fairytale setting takes some beating. The first hint of how special it is comes on the approach (you’ll be transported by golf buggy from Al Qasr Hotel). From the shore the restaurant glows serenely and going by its five-star location, one might expect it to err on the side of grandiose.
Au contraire! Despite the top-notch seafood menu and the staff, who are always nearby, ready to attend to your every need, whether it be a pashmina for the shoulders or a rare Christmas desert, the open-plan venue creates a cool and relaxed atmosphere.
Diners are able to unwind and feel utterly at home as they enjoy a selection of exquisite dishes, including Atlantis lobster and fresh oysters. Of course, if you’re anything like the ladies at scene, the only dishes you care about are the ones of the dessert variety. With this in mind, we recommend you try the deliciously festive marmalade cake with a tangy mandarin twist.
Location: Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah
Tel: 04 3666730
Timing: 7pm-11.30pm, daily
There are plenty of five-star seafood restaurants in Dubai, but if you’re looking for something down to earth, head to The Chalet. With a menu that is jam-packed with delicious dishes, you can chow down on no-nonsense grub, before heading for a stroll along Jumeirah’s pristine shoreline.
Location: Jumeirah Beach Road
Timings: 10.30am to 1am
Tel: 04 341 7557
Not for the faint hearted, Peppercrab patrons must be prepared to do battle for their
dinner. On arrival you’ll be armed with a bib and a pair of crackers, which you’ll need for the pipinghot crab that will arrive at your table. All manner of smashing, gauging and breaking is required, but it’s cracking fun.
Location: Grand Hyatt
Timings: 7 to 11.30pm
Tel: 04 317 2222
Set on two levels, this superswish seafood restaurant is a real find. Combining traditional Thai cuisine with contemporary takes on Japanese dishes such as Teppanyaki and sushi, fish lovers can look forward to a variety of Asian-inspired culinary delights. The ambience is excellent and there’s a bar on the second level.
Location: Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa
Timings: 12.30 to midnight
Tel: 04 399 5000