Al Muntaha

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 Reviews

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Friday brunch

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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  • Location: Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 301 7600
  • Travel: Jumeirah Road
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

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Posted by: Bill Bailey on 26 Sep ' 13 at 12:02
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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I have been fortunate over the course of my career to travel the world and dine in a number of high-end, and Michelin Starred Restaurants. Unfortunately, dinner at Al Muntaha was truly disappointing - at best the food was mediocre, the only saving grace was the Foi Gras and thats brought in! Considering that this was a treat for my wife's birthday - the service was truly appalling. I am happy to pay for good food and good service, however, on this occasion - I left vowing never to go back and to tell all of my friends that Al Muntaha is very Dubai, superficial, over-rated, over priced and not worth the effort of making the reservation!

Posted by: Siddharth on 10 Jan ' 12 at 12:46
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Posted by: archie on 31 Jul ' 11 at 11:57
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Wanted to visit the Burj whilst in Dubai, so decided to take the family to the Al Muntaha, we have children and this resturant is not for kids, they moan at you if the kids are a little excited which obviously they will be, food is all hyped up with lots of sauce splashed around plate to make it look good and attractive, and standard of service lacks too, would not go again

Posted by: David Howells on 11 Oct ' 09 at 19:22
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I took my girlfriend here on 22nd September 2009 for the experience of eating at the Burj Al Arab. We have dined in many michelin starred restaurants together around the world and appreciate good food. The service at Al Muntaha is second to none and you are made to feel very special. The ambience is also wonderful. However, while the food was quite good, it was certainly not anywhere near the standard you would expect at a 7 star hotel. Our bill came to 2450 dhs, for two of us having three courses and two glasses of wine each, you expect a premium on price at an establishment such as this but it did not represent good value.

Posted by: hahu on 08 May ' 09 at 17:11
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

bad...bad....bad

Posted by: Jill Higham on 12 Jan ' 09 at 12:22
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I have been to this restaurant many times as we take family and friends there when they are out here on holiday. Everytime i have gone the price has gone up and the quality of food has gone down! Very expensive but have to do it once for the view.

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