Think the Burj Al Arab is all gold suites and underwater restaurants? Well think again, because the world-famous hotel, known for its ultra-high-end luxury, has a new 'casual' spot.
Bab Al Yam is the five-star hotel’s newly-revamped all-day dining restaurant, a poolside eatery with a contemporary look, laid-back seating and, compared to the rest of Burj Al Arab, minimalist décor.
If you’re inside, you can watch the chefs work, with an imposing brick oven taking centre stage. Floor-to-ceiling windows give impressive views over the Arabian Gulf and towards Downtown Dubai. There’s also a shisha lounge.
Outdoors, there are sunloungers and umbrellas for serious relaxing.
The restaurant’s new menu has been created by Maxime Luvara, the hotel’s executive chef, and Mohit Bhragava, Bab Al Yam’s chef de cuisine. They say it is focused on fresh, seasonal produce and is inspired by Mediterranean cuisine, though there will be some Middle Eastern flavours.
Signature dishes include buttered tiger prawns with pickled lemon, Taggiasca olives and samphire and datterino tomato bruschetta with marinated anchovies.
While the development of Bab Al Yam adds to the Burj Al Arab’s culinary offerings, we’re still waiting for more information about the planned new bar on the hotel’s 27th floor, which we were originally told would open in November last year, but is now listed on the hotel’s website as opening this month.
The new venue, which will be next to Skyview Bar, is described as “sophisticated” and is another part of the ongoing revamp of the hotel, which stands alone, 280 metres off the Umm Suqeim coastline. Other developments include expanding it’s man-made island.