Al Mahara, Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Should a well-to-do mermaid need inspiration for her abode’s makeover, she’d be well advised to have peek at Al Mahara. Diners are ushered through a golden tunnel into the elipse-shaped dining room, a space dominated by a colossal central aquarium that bathes the surrounding tables in gentle turquoise light.
The hushed fluidity of service is impressive. Almost as soon as you’ve ordered, the sommelier shimmies over to your table armed with expert recommendations to complement your chosen courses.
This is the kind of fine-dining experience that can make you do a complete U-turn on a dish you previously disliked. Al Mahara’s beautifully seasoned lobster bisque plays a part in several dishes and made us realise we’d never tried it when prepared properly elsewhere.
The chefs are seemingly so adept at preparing each dish that they’ve to occupy themselves by creating intricate amuse-bouche to bridge gaps between courses. And the irresistibility of those morsels means that overeating is extremely likely.
Starter Steamed Maine lobster and gratinated clams, Dhs375
Main Atlantic wild turbot cooked in vine leaves, Dhs465
Dessert Crêpes Suzette, Dhs160
Address: Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai
Telephone: 04 301 7600
Website: firstname.lastname@example.org /www.jumeirah.com
Timings: 12.30pm-3pm,7pm-12midnight daily
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