The interior is a reflection of its flamboyant personality. To begin with, how many venues do you know of that have a real tree in the centre of the dining room? Add to this leather banquette seating in vibrant colours, foliage that hangs from the ceiling and dramatic drapes that open and close to frame the stage for live performances, and you can see that you’re about to experience all things weird and wonderful.
Prepare to be wowed by world-class performers. Beyond the sold-out gigs from artists such as Andrea Bocelli and Wyclef Jean, the resident singers, dancers, aerialists and magicians performing throughout the dinner service on a regular night, will ensure that your meal is a memorable one.
Dress to impress. Unless you’re super-confident, the inclination to hot-foot it to the bathroom to check out your appearance as soon as you arrive will be strong – and that’s from just one look at the model-esque waiting staff! Think sky-high Loubs and chic LBDs.
Don’t be scared to mix and match. The menu at Billionaire is split into two parts – one for Japanese dishes and the other featuring Italian cuisine. So whether you opt for burrata and pasta or can’t make up your mind and want sushi and pizza, this is a restaurant that does away with the rule book and allows you to please yourself.
Given that it’s the brainchild of former F1 boss Flavio Braitore, you might bump into a celeb or two. Will Smith loves to visit when he’s in Dubai and Flavio is close mates with A-listers including Jay-Z, Beyonce, Mariah and Diddy. With the man himself spotted dining there regularly with friends, you never know who you might see (and why it’s well worth taking point three seriously)!
Location: Burj Khalifa Street, Business Bay
Contact number: 04 510 3100
Timings: 7pm-midnight restaurant, 12midnight-3am Sun, Tue, Thu, Fri nightclub, 5pm-3am karaoke, 5pm-2am lounge and terrace
The Whimsy – a salt crusted seabass dish that’s prepared with bubbles and flambéed tableside.