It is easy to be overawed by jaw dropping skyscrapers in Dubai and much of the restaurant dining scene takes place inside many of these monoliths. Being one of the most sought after dining precincts in Dubai, the vertical dining concept of Pier 7 offers multiple levels of international restaurants from exotic Arabic and Asian to European inspired dining to tantalize your taste buds. This dining establishment in Pier 7 goes for a more upmarket clientele and Atelier M requires a smart casual dress code. Fair enough, for an evening to remember or to some by celebrating special occasions, feels-good-looks-good accompanied by specially crafted atelier menu that inspires. Yet, it is not the formal fine dining atmosphere that defines your upright sitting position with elbows off that dining table setting ambience, it is rather a relaxed surrounding adorned by white linen clothed tables with an overweight brass style table lamp, that go along with comfortable white rattan outdoor cushion chairs.
Served with charred cherry tomato, fingerling potatoes and lemon confit, the dish was only lukewarm when it arrived at the table, but it had a nice smoky flavour, however, it lacked the finesse of the other appetizers, as the octopus was rubbery and a lack lustre presentation. It was a little led down after what we just had from the previous two most delish appetizers.
We settled on three main courses to savour a range of cooking styles and looked forward to more surprises from the kitchen. The Black Onyx Ribeye is another triumph of a dish. Top quality Japanese marbled beef was served with glaze roasted Kabocha with a dash of truffle sauce and well-diced mouth full of roasty toasty potatoes. The meat was simply divine and the potatoes were the fluffiest and lightest you could possibly have. A dish like this did not need any additional sides, as you just want to savour every morsel of the beef and the potatoes. A must order!
Accompanied with yummy crispy saffron risotto and lamb juice, the salted bush lamb was perfectly cooked and falling apart easily. A heartwarming dish!
Quite a generous portion! This baby chicken is cooked with a miso glazed breast roulard and legs – a French bird – and was tender, flavoursome, juicy and a standout flavour (French chickens can have such a distinctive flavour), plus the tasty roasted capsicum and mushroom was a perfect accompaniment.
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We are always quite replete by the time the dessert menu comes out, but we couldn’t resist trying two creations by choosing the Lotus Milk Cake as a start which delivered quite a delicious airy tres leches sponge cake as a base, onto which is added lotus Chantilly cream and pailette feuillantines. A harmony and delightful finish!
The White Chocolate Opalys has a solid and tasty coconut parfait base, with jasmine gelato and dolce powder. Perfectly executed in lightness and flavours and ended a memorable meal without the heaviness of some desserts.
Overall, the evening was a success in terms of the culinary journey, although there is some mixed messaging with the service, as they seem to be aiming for fine dining, but miss some of the touches. Our table service was generally very switched on, with only the occasional lapse. It was also strange that the bread-and-butter knives were not preset and then due to the design were difficult to set in just the right place on the plate when the bread was served. Ronald looked after us for most of the evening and was quite knowledgeable and attentive.
Our table on the terrace was one of the best in the house and gave us another perspective of the sights of Dubai (and Dubai Marina) and we stayed for much longer than we anticipated, due to all the elements coming together. While there were a few items on the menu which did not hit the same high mark as the others, there is some culinary magic to be had here, which is a testament to sourcing the right ingredients and handling them carefully, but simply, in the kitchen and letting the flavours speak for themselves of their intrinsic qualities. Cooking with the passion for the perfect taste with elements that inspire, chef Islam and his culinary team have added creativity and marked it with their own style. To some dining at Pier 7 may sound touristy but Atelier M is truly another destination dining that you must book a table at!
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Floor 7/7M, Pier 7
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 04 450 7766
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