Excellent, gimmick-free food at the world's highest restaurant 31 Reviews
The venue: Integrating two dining options, a lounge and a restaurant boasting contemporary European cuisine, At.mosphere can host up to 210 guests and features a spacious arrival lobby, main dining area, private dining rooms and display cooking stations.
Iftar: Expect high tea with a Ramadan twist.
Suhoor: Not available.
Prices: Dhs340 for high afternoon tea. Children younger than ten are not allowed, and from 5.30pm guests must be over 21.
Timings: Lounge 3pm-midnight, restaurant 7pm-10.30pm (last food order).
Bookings accepted? Yes, bookings are essential and minimum spend policies are displayed online. (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
July tasting menu
This month, the degustation menu features chilled white gazpacho, seared foie gras with apricot purée and Atlantic turbot with olive and caper quinoa. Dhs650 per person (five courses). Dhs900 per person (seven courses) Timings: Sunset-11pm (Friday)
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There was always the potential for ‘the world’s highest restaurant’, located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, to be packed full of gimmicks. Luckily, At.mosphere avoids this pitfall, instead offering high-quality food in sleek surroundings, albeit at a lofty price. From the rather low-key entrance amid the Burj’s basement car park, guests are whisked up the tower in a high-speed lift for their first glimpse of that gasp-inducing view; unfortunately, window tables in the restaurant can’t be booked in advance (for a better chance of a window seat, we’d recommend dining in a couple and arriving early).
The small yet focused menu covers a scattering of pricey starters, plus a few seafood and poultry options, as well as bigging up the restaurant’s Josper oven – it’s apparently one of only two venues in the city to boast one of these posh Spanish charcoal grills. Steak choices are kept to a minimum, with just a handful of cuts to choose from (including a couple of top-end wagyu options), but the kitchen does them proud, serving flavoursome, tender meat accompanied by thoughtfully prepared sides. The staff are friendly, conscientious and professional, neither lingering too long at the table nor leaving guests waiting.
Much has been written about this ambitious venture since it opened in February 2011, and the main criticism concerns its high prices. Yes, a meal here is on the expensive side, but no more so than at any of Dubai’s top-end steak venues – at least here you get a great view thrown in to ease the shock of the Dhs1,000-plus bill.By Time Out Dubai staff
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