A Perfect Lunch on the Pier

Blog updated: August 31, 2014

Please note the following information from Jumeirah regarding Pierchic: 

“In continuation of our efforts to make your experience even more memorable at Madinat Jumeirah, we are pleased to inform you that we will be embarking on a complete renovation of the award-winning Pierchic restaurant at Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah.

Scheduled to take place between 01 June and 19 October 2014, it will include the refurbishment of the existing outlet along with exciting additions to reinforce Pierchic’s status as the most picturesque destination in Dubai.

The finished restaurant will showcase a refreshed and sophisticated look, a new tantalizing menu and breathtaking additions. Once completed, diners are invited to experience an elegant journey of gourmet delights and enjoy the iconic views of the Arabian Gulf with Burj Al Arab as a backdrop.”


Top restaurants in Dubai don’t come cheap, but some of them have special offers not to be missed! Naturally you’d expect a restaurant like Pierchic, part of a 5-star resort, to come with a hefty priced menu – and it does… if you go for the extensive a la carte menu that is.

As an alternative I highly recommend the AED 175 Lunch on the Pier menu – a great way to sample a four-course mini-meal for the price of a main meal from the a la carte menu.

This award-winning seafood restaurant is very chic (except perhaps the blue and white floral chair cushions, but never mind…) and situated at the end of a pier – hence the name. Pierchic is part of the Al Qasr Hotel in Madinat Jumeirah and the best way to get there is by hotel buggy – a picturesque drive through the garden, passing part of Madinat Jumeirah’s beautiful private beach. Make sure you request a table on the terrace (no guarantee) to soak up the stunning views of the azure waters of the Arabian Sea, the iconic Burj Al Arab and the Arabian backdrop of Madinat Jumeirah.

The four-course Lunch on the Pier degustation menu (small portions) consists of beautifully created mini signature dishes made from high quality ingredients. Perhaps a bit too “dainty” for the hungry, but I was certainly more than satisfied after my four-course meal and some delicious bread and butter. Each course has two options. For my appetizer I chose Beetroot and Persian Feta Feuille – served with baked Gala apples and roasted hazelnuts. My friend ordered Tuna Carpaccio – served with Norwegian king crab, asparagus, a soft quail egg, and the smallest tomatoes I’ve ever seen. Both appetizers pleasing to the eye and palate.

The main course was a toss-up between the Sea Bass and Black Tiger Prawns. Hmm… Not an easy choice for a sea bass and prawn lover like me. First I ordered the sea bass, but changed my mind when my friend decided she wanted the black tiger prawns. When two perfectly cooked black tiger prawns arrived on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes, accompanied by green runner beans – I had no regrets! Add a bottle of Provence rosé and Voila! For dessert the Red Fruit was a perfect ending to a perfect lunch on the pier, served by a jolly waiter.

According to the restaurant the menu changes weekly. Having been there a few times lately I’ve experienced more or less the same menu each time. Should also mention that on one of those previous visits I tried the citrus dessert and the intermediate polenta dish – both a bit bland and disappointing.

The way I see it:

Lunch on the Pier is a gourmet-medley of tastes for a fair price in one of Dubai’s most postcard-perfect settings.

Pierchic is a great venue for a ladies lunch – and at night the restaurant turns into one of Dubai’s most romantic dining spots.

Visited on Thursday, 14th February 2013.

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In February 2016 I moved back to my native Norway after 13 years in Dubai, preceeded by two years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Before becoming a full time expat in 2001, I had a carrer as a travel consultant in Norway. My expat portfolio also includes six of my teenage years in Bahrain many moons ago and two years in Southport, Connecticut, USA.

8 thoughts on “A Perfect Lunch on the Pier

  1. Very Nice photos Randi, i hope it is on the what to do When Britt comes list as well! I am counting the days! The food looks delish!

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