Excellent, gimmick-free food at the world's highest restaurant 31 Reviews
Seasonal specials grace the menu this month, including butternut and chestnut velouté; Dover sole tournedos served with popcorn tortellini and roasted rack of Rhug Estate lamb with lamb shoulder samosa, polenta à l’ancienne and rosemary jus. Lunch: Dhs450 (two courses). Dhs600 (three courses). Dinner: Dhs900 (five courses). Dhs1,700 (seven courses) Timings: 12.30pm-3pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
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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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