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Al Mahara

Highly Commended Best Seafood 25 Comments

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As you’d expect from a seafood restaurant inside the prestigious ‘seven-star’ Burj Al Arab hotel, prices range from outrageous to jaw-dropping to heart-twanging. But, as you’d also expect, every table is very likely to be full on any night of the week. Situated around a vast aquarium, you’ll spend your meal eye to eye with some gawp-worthy varieties of sea life (look out for female zebra shark Zebedee: the first of her species to deliver pups without having mated). Fortunately, nothing in the water beside you resembles the species found on your menu. Lobster, foie gras, king crab, king oyster and other upper-crust fish are sprinkled liberally throughout the appetiser section, while mains include cod, Atlantic wild turbo and blue lobster from Brittany, with desserts featuring plates such as pure Ghana chocolate and kumquat confit. Most of the seafood seems shipped from abroad, but, again, this is the Burj, and the key ingredient is decadence. There’s even a signature ‘golden cappuccino’: coffee sprinkled with gold dust. What makes all this lavishness digestible? The thoroughly outstanding service. For a one-off unforgettable Dubai meal, Al Mahara remains top of the tree.
Open daily 12.30pm-3pm (last orders 2.30pm), 7pm-midnight (last orders 11.30pm). Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Road, www.jumeirah.com (04 301 7600).

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Posted by: john on 18 May ' 13 at 05:58
  • Best for: Family friendly

wonderful experience & freindly staff.

food was out of the world

Posted by: Jesse Pinkman on 05 May ' 13 at 11:47

Lovely setting but it wouldn't make a top 10 of seafood restaurants in the city. And the prices are a total rip off.

The equivalent of 145 quid English for a small lobster main course? Ha ha ha.

Posted by: diane on 17 Apr ' 13 at 00:48
  • Best for: Business lunch

not impressed at all

Posted by: christine zaiser on 18 Mar ' 13 at 12:29

Had a lovely lunch there - the service was discreet and the food was tasty and we had a tour straight after the lunch so they knew we are eating against the clock and really made an effort to serve the three course fast. As well really liked the fish book they gave us to explain what fish are in the aquarium. Nice touch.

Posted by: marianne zaiser on 18 Mar ' 13 at 12:27

Great Business lunch and they allow kids for lunch in this restaurant - so when we had family over - we went there and my niece was amazed at all the fish and they gave her a little soft toy turtle and a kids activity pack which she really loved.
So what can I say attentive, caring service in a fantastic serene environment.

Posted by: ed on 24 Dec ' 10 at 10:37

Overall this place is too kitsch, too try-hard and too pricey for what it delivers. We went with Taste of Al Mahara set menu, which is one of their ‘mid’-priced set menu (850 D).
The first course, langoustine carpaccio, was passable but the light palette of the carpaccio was totally overpowered by the sickly sweet honey jelly. Next course of scallop truffle just didn’t work, with the pasta grossly undercooked. This was followed by a crustacean bisque which was just coloured tasteless watery cream. The main course of halibut was good but undersized and the accompaniments were plain. Dessert was not memorable. Do your wallet and stomach a favour and give this place a wide berth.

Posted by: Z on 13 Jul ' 10 at 19:59
  • Best for: Romantic

I love sea food, and in Al Mahara restaurant I had the best Lobster I have ever had in my life. This restaurant is wonderful in every aspect.

Posted by: Ken Kavanagh on 13 Sep ' 09 at 06:37
  • Best for: Romantic

Probably one of the best I have had the opportunity to dine in (no make that the best) whilst some may think this a little expensive boy was the food and service excellent.
The fusion of flavours were a true delight I had Japanese Scallops with a Wagyu Ravioli and Bourguignon sauce for starter my companions had Roasted King Prawns with Pomegranate, Hummous with Coriander and the other had French Green Pea Gazpatcho. All three of us could not believe the intense flavours and the presentation was excellent.
Mains were also excellent two of us had the signiture dish of Norwegian Halibut, Prawns, Gonocchi, Mussels a La Die'ppoise the tastes were behond belief each element adding to the next. Our other companion had Gold Risotto, Wild Mushrooms, Pumpkin, Parmesan which looked a picture on the plate and was a delight to taste.
Deserts were a further delight Crepes Suzette cook at the table, Violet Flower Infused Ice Parfait with Passion Fruit Marshmallow and Blackberry delight and the other was Vanilla Cre'me Brulee with a Compote of Berries.
The cost including 2 bottles of water and a fine bottle of red wine less than 4000 dhs.
If you do nothing else in your life please visit the Al Muhara I firmly believe that you will not regret it.

Posted by: Bev Morris on 25 May ' 09 at 06:00
  • Best for: Romantic

I took my husband and parents to the Al Mahara restaurant as a treat while they were over visiting. Whilst the setting is spectacular and the service is faultless the actual meal (at the equivalent of nine hundred pounds for the four of us) was hugely overpriced. I don't mind paying a spectacular amount of money for something that's spectacularly good but the best that you could say about the food was that it was 'nice'. If you're looking for a good seafood restaurant in Dubai my advice is to forget the Burj Al Arab and head to the 'Amwaj' at the Shangrila - okay, it doesn't have a huge aquarium but the food there is consistently wonderful (far better than the Al Mahara) and the service is terrific.

Posted by: Jane.L on 30 Mar ' 09 at 15:49
  • Best for: Business lunch

I went with my sister for a bussiness lunch, I was very impressed by the quality of meal .
Everything was perfect, the fish tank, the ambience, the food and even if the submarine ride is just a big joke it is still fun.

Posted by: Titou.L on 30 Mar ' 09 at 15:40
  • Best for: Business lunch

Fantastic Bussiness Lunch with a wonderful Aquarium !

Posted by: Stefan C. on 28 Mar ' 09 at 13:58
  • Best for: Romantic

Best food in my life.. I was just celebrating the anniversary with my wife and could n´t have chosen a better location than the Al Mahara. The beautiful Restaurant with the big fish tank makes a unique ambience.
We ordered the Taste of Al Mahara and every dish was so perfect for us in plating, cooking and most important of course in taste, i must say the best food ever....!!!! We enjoyed every single minute.

Thank to the team and specially thanks to the chefs of Al Mahara.

Posted by: Ingo S. on 23 Mar ' 09 at 09:02
  • Best for: Business lunch

I was for Lunch in Al Mahara and it was great. It was nice to see the Restaurant not so crowded like it was once when i went in the night. we could enjoy the everything. Me and my partner took the buisness lunch menu. Its nice because its changing since i was the last time there and its quick. I like the food a lot. The Lamb was nice cook how i wanted it and the Risotto fom my Partner was just as delicius as mine. The service was perfect like you know from a 7 star hotel.
I love to come back anytime.
Thanks a lot to the team

Posted by: Bernd Grosse on 23 Mar ' 09 at 08:43
  • Best for: Romantic

I was coming to the Burj Al Arab the first time and it was just great. We arrived in the Restaurant and I was thinking I`m in a different world. With huge aquarium in the middel let you relax totally. The Service welcomed us very warm and gave us help with the menu and the wine. The kitchen and the food was just great. The presentation and the flavors where uniqe. We took the "Taste of Al Mahara" and it was a perfect choice. The Scallop where nice cooked and sauce very nice in flavor. What i never saw before was the maincourse. I liked it a lot.
I would come back for sure when I`m the next time in Dubai.
The Service and Kitschen was that what you exspect from a 7* Hotel.
Thanks to the whole Team

Posted by: smiit on 21 Mar ' 09 at 19:40
  • Best for: Romantic

the food in the Al mahara Raestaurant its just bring water to your mouth...after leaving the restaurant i can't stand myself nand feel to go back and have the delicious food again....n the warm service from the waiters n sommeliers is just so perfect n friendly....i would suggest go to Al MAhara Restaurant and just celebrate your special moments with your loved one.

Posted by: bert on 21 Mar ' 09 at 09:39
  • Best for: Romantic

i dont usually bother with these review things but after such a lovely experience i felt compelled to write something.
The whole bass for 2 persons was amazing, the sushi and foie grass was a unexpected combination but worked really well and the wine list was endless. The only disappointing thing was that the submarine ride was not working when we went but we went for the food not the ride and we left very happy indeed.

Posted by: l waller on 21 Mar ' 09 at 09:28
  • Best for: Business lunch

I was very excited about the prospect of not only eating at one of the most famous outlets in Dubai but also entertaining clients and i was not disappointed. The decor was fabulous , the business lunch menu was very good value for money and the food was well presented and cooked to perfection.
We were all very happy and i will be returning for sure.

Posted by: Jimbo Jones on 20 Mar ' 09 at 20:26
  • Best for: Business lunch

I´ve been to Al Mahara restaurant 2 days ago we had Business Lunch
a 3 course menu which was excellent from plating, cooking and the best was the Price its really a big value for money and all that in the Seven Star hotel Burj Al Arab.
Me and partners thinking now that we should go more often for our business lunch in that Restaurant.

Posted by: melie on 19 Mar ' 09 at 21:03
  • Best for: Romantic

the scallops with Bourguignon sauce are to die for and I would come back everyday just for this dish !

Posted by: Thomas B. on 19 Mar ' 09 at 20:59
  • Best for: Romantic

In a word : AMAZING experience !

Posted by: Micheal on 17 Mar ' 09 at 06:09
  • Best for: Business lunch

Yes it is overpriced in a few things but the food is perfect the flavor fit together the food looks beautiful on the plate.Service very attentive and very good .
The best for the Value of Money is the bussiness lunch 3 course with free flow of water.I went there already a few times and they change as well quite often dont know often but i had only 2 the same menu for bussiness lunch but that was when i went 2 times in 2 weeks,and the food is delicuis.
For Dinner i guess its very romantic.truly a signature 7 star Restaurant.,

Posted by: Julia Le Dorze on 14 Mar ' 09 at 19:10
  • Best for: Business lunch

I enjoyed my Al Mahara experience very much. All the food was perfecly cooked and tasty and the decoration of the dishes just awesome. The waiters were very friendly. The bussiness lunch is one of the best value for money in Dubai.
In two words : Amazing restaurant !!!!

Posted by: G, John on 12 Mar ' 09 at 19:26
  • Best for: Romantic

The decor is truly spectacular and the service is very professional as you would expect from a 7 star out-let.
The tasting menu is really well balanced , although over priced ,with the scallops the stand out.
Over all, a great place for a nice meal surrounded buy a huge fish tank and a lovely experience, if u get the opportunity to go you must.

Posted by: Jim K on 26 Feb ' 09 at 12:46
  • Best for: Romantic

Spectular setting and ambience. All of the food was very good and much was spectular. The service was very good. Amoung the best in Dubai and probably merits its 2004 rating of top 50 in the world. It is over priced by any standards and therefore not worth the value except as an occasional expereince.

Posted by: David on 28 Oct ' 08 at 14:14
  • Best for: Romantic

Bring the atmosphere and bonhomie with you - you won't find it here.

What you will find is a fairly bland interior with lots of fish, a monotonous international menu, with food competently cooked, but beautifully decorated on the plate.

I loved the submarine journey down - and the stop off at the Captain's Bar was an A* experience. But really, that was the highlight.

If it was true that it's the journey that matters, not the final destination, I would have given this an extra three stars.

But that would be bllx.


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