The latest piece of the Burj Al Arab’s reinvention is complete. Scape Restaurant & Bar has opened at the iconic hotel’s new terrace. Diners are promised a menu full of “Californian-style fusion” – which seems to mean that almost anything goes as far as dishes are concerned. But if what we’ve seen is a good representation of the wider menu, then everything is going to look stunning.
Unlike the pool and beach areas of the terrace, which are members-only sections, Scape is open to everyone, another step in the Burj Al Arab’s plans to become more accessible to all. There are indoor and outdoor seating areas, and an outside bar. Shisha will also be available outdoors.
The kitchen will operate under the watchful and experienced eye of head chef Timur Fazilov, who has previously worked at Zuma in Dubai and Catch in Abu Dhabi. Signature dishes include hamachi crudo, with ponzu, pistachio, citrus zest, shallot rings and olives; scallop tiradito with leche de tigre, apple and red radish; and slow-roasted wagyu short ribs with pomelo, candied peanut, Swiss chard and pave potato. Desserts include mascarpone cheesecake with seasonal fruit compote.
There seems to be plenty to recommend the new eatery, not least the amazing views, which take in the open Arabian Gulf and the mainland of Dubai, but also allows guests to see the Burj Al Arab itself from a new angle, as it sits at the back of the building.
The outdoor area, set in the centre of the man-made beach, has a canopy giving the impression of a tropical forest. Inside, that feel continues, with a specially commissioned light installation designed to reflect forest leaves.