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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