A highlight is provided by the line-caught sea bass, which is cooked to tender, juicy perfection; the skin adds a savoury crunch, and the inclusion of sundried tomatoes, garlic peas and saffron in the light sauce works nicely 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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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2007
The location is anything but ordinary. From the peak of the world’s tallest hotel you can see clusters of tightly-packed villas on the Palm Jumeirah, the man-made archipelagos that make up The World, and sweeping views of all of Dubai. The prices, too, are anything but ordinary. On Time Out’s most recent visit, two set lunch menus and two bottles of mineral water totalled Dhs1,170. The food, unfortunately, is utterly ordinary. A terrine of pressed roma tomatoes in a spicy balsamic dressing is perky and piquant, and comes with a spoonful of smooth goat’s cheese, but is a straightforward, unexciting dish. The cream of white bean and celeriac soup would be passable at most restaurants, but merely passable when it costs over US$40 isn’t acceptable.
A highlight is provided by the line-caught sea bass, which is cooked to tender, juicy perfection; the skin adds a savoury crunch, and the inclusion of sundried tomatoes, garlic peas and saffron in the light sauce works nicely. The grilled wagyu fillet, sadly, is a major disappointment. The staff don’t bother asking diners how they want the meat prepared, and when it arrives well done it’s a ruined piece of meat, lacking tenderness, juiciness and flavour.
The dessert list includes a wonderfully ethereal passion fruit soufflé and a trio of sweets made with Grand Cru chocolate – good, but not enough to keep the phrase ‘tourist trap’ from leaving our lips. The view during the daytime is something else, but the food should be so much better at this price. And the less said about the 1950s sci-fi decor the better …
By Time Out Dubai Staff
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