Fine dining on the 27th floor of iconic Burj Al Arab hotel
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011To journey is often better than to arrive, so the saying goes, and that pretty much sums up Al Muntaha. Located on the 27th floor of Burj Al Arab, serving fine European cuisine in impressive surroundings, it should be a highlight of any Dubai trip. The hotel welcome, glass-lift ascent to the restaurant and bizarre Star Trek-ish entrance all promise something special, but it’s all a little underwhelming. The view, stunning during the day, disappears at night, unless you can bag a table overlooking the glittering Palm and Marina. If hushed chat and clinking cutlery is your idea of atmosphere, go on a Monday, otherwise make visit Tuesday to Sunday when the piano adds an elegant touch.
The menu was staggering – not in variety but in its astronomical prices (although, to be fair, diners are warned when making a reservation that they should expect to pay at least Dhs500 per person). Appetisers featured shellfish, foie gras and beetroot carpaccio, while the highlight of the mains was definitely the signature wagyu beef – seared to perfection. Quirky dishes (pigeon breast crumble anyone?) mingled with the more commonplace lamb loin and corn-fed chicken. For desserts, think soufflés, parfait and a deliciously oozing chocolate fondant paired with tonka bean ice cream. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Al Muntaha: it’s all perfectly adequate, but the exorbitant cost can leave a nasty aftertaste. Al Muntaha
|Location:||Burj Al Arab - Umm Suqeim - Dubai|
|Tel:||04 301 7600|
|Experiences:||Alcohol available, All you can eat deal, Beachside, Live music, Great view|
|Times:||Open daily 12.30-3pm; 7pm-11.30pm|
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archie Jul 31, 2011 11:57 am
Wanted to visit the Burj whilst in Dubai, so decided to take the family to the Al Muntaha, we have children and this resturant is not for kids, they moan at you if the kids are a little excited which obviously they will be, food is all hyped up with lots of sauce splashed around plate to make it look good and attractive, and standard of service lacks too, would not go again
David Howells Oct 11, 2009 07:22 pm
I took my girlfriend here on 22nd September 2009 for the experience of eating at the Burj Al Arab. We have dined in many michelin starred restaurants together around the world and appreciate good food. The service at Al Muntaha is second to none and you are made to feel very special. The ambience is also wonderful. However, while the food was quite good, it was certainly not anywhere near the standard you would expect at a 7 star hotel. Our bill came to 2450 dhs, for two of us having three courses and two glasses of wine each, you expect a premium on price at an establishment such as this but it did not represent good value.
hahu May 08, 2009 05:11 pm
Jill Higham Jan 12, 2009 12:22 pm
I have been to this restaurant many times as we take family and friends there when they are out here on holiday. Everytime i have gone the price has gone up and the quality of food has gone down! Very expensive but have to do it once for the view.