Haute Hangouts: La Dame de Pic, One&Only One Za’abeel

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The world’s most decorated female chef marries traditional techniques with flavours of nostalgia at her first restaurant in the region

Dubai residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to fine dining restaurants, which means it takes something truly spectacular to have the city buzzing and clamouring for reservations. Enter: Anne-Sophie Pic. The world’s most decorated female chef (with 10 Michelin stars, if you wish to count them) has brought her renowned restaurant La Dame de Pic to One&Only One Za’abeel’s culinary destination, The Link. Sitting on the 25th floor in the world’s longest cantilever, the opening marks Anne-Sophie’s regional debut and third international La Dame de Pic branch.

The intimate restaurant boasts unobstructed views of the Dubai skyline to one side and an action-filled open kitchen on the other and is at once elegant and unpretentious thanks to pops of pastels, warm metallic accents, swirling marble and the restaurant’s emblematic peonies dotting the walls.

Chef Anne-Sophie Pic

The cuisine at La Dame de Pic is presented in two degustation menus, the seven-course Symphony and five-course Harmony, alongside dedicated offerings for vegetarian and vegan diners. La Dame de Pic is a masterclass in contemporary French cooking, though visitors to the Dubai outpost can expect an infusion of regional ingredients (saffron, pistachio and honey all make an appearance) interpreted through Anne-Sophie’s innovative techniques.

Les Berlingots

The menu also integrates flavours from the chef’s travels to Japan — a plethora of teas and delicate Japanese touches are found throughout — as well as reimagined flavours from her childhood and generational recipes; the La Dame de Pic signature berlingots dish features triangular pasta parcels (bathed in a beeswax and chamomile-infused mushroom consommé) reminiscent of the pyramid-shaped candies she enjoyed as a child, while caviar-adorned sea bass honours her father’s recipe from 1971. Elsewhere, find hand-dived scallops with a whimsical geranium ice cream and sake gel, beef striploin perfumed with black garlic and sobacha tea, the ‘cheese course’ with knafeh, prune chutney and smoked Madagascan vanilla and ‘mandarine’, a dessert of almond bavaroise, saffron foam and coffee panna cotta.

Carrot Cake

Can’t stay for dinner? Though we definitely judge your decision- making, La Dame de Pic Dubai is the first of the world-renowned chef’s restaurants to have its own bar, which offers a stellar, specially curated selection of bites, mocktails and grape pairings.

Though in the company of fellow world-renowned chefs at The Link, Anne-Sophie Pic’s reputation, creativity and expertise has secured La Dame de Pic’s place as the most sought-after reservation in the city. Book now

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  • Words by Savanna Smith