Publique is located in Madinat Jumeirah and oozes character. It is ski themed with an Alpine inspired environment and menu.
The restaurant is like a wooden ski chalet, it has ski lifts as seats and electric wood fires which make it really cozy. Publique’s menu has Swiss and French dishes and the specialities include raclette, fondue and stone cooking meat on your table. The named dishes require a minimum of two people so it is a fun place to go in a group.
For appetisers we had a mixed platter, it had dynamite shrimps, onion rings, foie gras and Pissaladiere which is an onion tart. The Pissaladiere was my favourite, It is on a bread base and crunchy with a soft centre. It was probably the only starter I would order again but in future I would save more room for the Raclette as it is mammoth!
We ordered the Raclette for mains to share between two of us and our friend had The Desi burger which he found average. The Raclette was huge, it definitely could be shared between 4 people as we probably didn’t even eat half. The cheese was delicious and the platter that came with it had a good range of accompaniments; Potatoes, salad, cold cuts, pickles and bread!
If you love cheese and have never had Raclette it is a must try! They put a machine on your table which the cheese is hooked to and then the two burning hot coils come down and melt the cheese. When you have enough melted cheese you push the coils away until you are ready for more. You can scoop the melted cheese onto your bread or potatoes and you are in cheese heaven! I would say its not the best dish to order in summer as the heat coming off the machine is pretty intense.
I would definitely go back for it again, the melted cheese is gooey and delicious and a mild cheese so you can eat quite a lot…we certainly did. I highly recommend Publique, it has good food, beautiful views and the ambience is lovely too.