Sitting in Al Muntaha the city twinkles 200 metres below as like your own miniature personal playground 7 Reviews
Christmas Day offer
Located on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab, you can spend Christmas Day in this ‘sevenstar’ hotel enjoying a buffet brunch or six-course set menu dinner. Dhs765 (glass of bubbly). Dhs1,045 Timings: 10am-4pm (Thursday)
An international buffet selection that changes each week, usually including pasta, sushi and foie gras stations. Dhs720 Timings: 10am-4pm (Friday)
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Sitting in Al Muntaha the city twinkles 200 metres below as like your own miniature personal playground. But take your eyes off the view and you’ll wonder why the Burj’s interior designer – presumably no rank amateur and armed with an unlimited budget – saw fit to decorate the place in the style of a 1950’s sci-fi series?
The entrance, rather than offering a grand welcome to one of the city’s most opulent eateries, looks like the inside of a Casio calculator, while the ceiling is a mishmash of coloured blocks that wouldn’t look out of place in the Early Learning Centre. Thankfully everything else in Al Muntaha takes your breath away for the right reasons. Start with the hot fluffy florentine soufflé a perfect teaming together of spinach, pancetta and an exquisitely cooked duck egg; the yolk runs through a forkful of feathery sponge and slender bacon. It is possible, though not advisable, to eat variations of the fluffy stuff, for starter, main and dessert.
If you skip the florentine soufflé starter, try the version with pumpkin seeds, tapenade and Parmesan crackers. While missing the moisture of the egg, the supreme airiness of the dish wins through and the accompaniments interact nicely with the main attraction. Sample the divine dover sole, which arrives skinned, partially filleted and artfully presented. Set on a bed of champagne risotto, the dish is sublimely fresh-tasting with a subtle, deep-seated sweetness and fine, delicate texture.
Between courses enjoy morsels of wagyu beef and palate-sprucing sorbets. Round off a thoroughly satisfying meal with a delicately light lemon soufflé that will leave just enough space for the complimentary plate of petite fours.
Al Muntaha is a fine dining experience to equal any in the world, but while the food and the views are there, we can only hope that somebody calls in the decorators.
By Time Out Dubai
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