Top French chef opens first MidEast eaterie

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Top French chef Guy Savoy has opened his first restaurant in the Middle East, it was announced on Sunday.

Signature restaurant Quisine has officially opened on The Pearl-Qatar, the Michelin starred chef's first venture in the region, a statement said.

It added that Savoy will be working in his kitchen in Qatar regularly along with his team of hand-picked chefs from Paris.

The restaurant offers a number of Guy Savoy's signature dishes, including artichoke and black truffle soup, crispy sea bass and line-caught whiting with caviar. In addition, two exquisite tasting menus are available.

The venue, which has been designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, also includes a chef's table which is situated in the heart of the kitchen.

Savoy said: "Qatar seemed like a natural choice for my next restaurant and my first in the Middle East.

"The country is booming and fast developing into the most happening destination in the region and I'm truly delighted to be here. Guests to the restaurant can expect a dining experience unlike any they have experienced before."

The restaurant seats approximately 45 and is open from 7pm Sunday through Friday.

Savoy is known for his passion and dedication to French gastronomy which has earned him three Michelin stars and also has restaurants located in Paris, Las Vegas and Singapore.

In June, it was reported that French chef Alain Ducasse will open his first restaurant in the Middle East at the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar by the end of this year.

A spokesperson for Alain Ducasse told Hotelier Middle East that the fine-dining outlet would open before the year-end, but declined to reveal any further details.

The world-renowned chef currently has restaurants in Paris, London, New York, Russia, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Monaco, and Mauritius.

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