A giant aquarium filled with freaky-faced fish, sharks, turtles and even eels greets you upon arrival, and mid-meal a diver feeds the fish, which might just distract you from a fantastic if bankruptingly expensive meal 25 Reviews
Sample a three-course set menu at the Burj Al Arab’s signature seafood restaurant. Pick-up and drop-off services are provided by the hotel’s Rolls-Royce Phantom. Dhs795 Timings: 12.30pm-2.30pm (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2007
You can tell from the long line of flashy Ferraris and luxurious Lamborghinis that sit shining outside the hotel’s golden interior that dining at the Burj is going to be a grand affair. And while the view from the top is certainly stunning, what lies beneath the sea is just as spectacular. Al Mahara, the Burj’s seafood restaurant, might not actually be underwater (it’s on the same level as the lobby), but it is a dining destination with a difference.
For starters, there’s the submarine. While you don’t actually move through the sea – and the visuals and sound effects are outrageously corny – it’s all part of the fun. But the real action begins when the submarine stops and you enter the restaurant. A giant aquarium filled with freaky-faced fish, sharks, turtles and even eels greets you upon arrival, and mid-meal a diver feeds the fish, which might just distract you from a fantastic if bankruptingly expensive meal. There are several different menus: classic (think saline-fresh fin de claire oysters baked in the shell with champagne sabayon), modern (deliciously frothy blue swimmer crab milkshake with Asian soft shell crab tempura), ‘Arabic adventure’ (perfectly succulent Omani lobster), and ‘seafood experience’ (brawny, juicy grilled tiger prawns).
Finish with the crêpes suzette, which is whipped into shape right by your table. Eating here costs a small fortune (expect to pay upwards of Dhs1,500), but it’s a great dining experience, certainly much better than Al Muntaha all that way upstairs. Al Mahara may be faking its 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea credentials, but it’s several leagues above most other seafood restaurants. Best start saving now…
By Time Out Dubai Staff
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