I’d forgotten just how good Al Muntaha was, so I’m glad its new menu gave me an excuse to revisit this venue 200 metres up in the sky. Just as I remember, the service is formal and superb, with elegant waiting staff eagerly trying to anticipate each diner’s every need. Music is barely audible; the soundtrack is the background chatter of other guests. The focus is firmly on the food, which, contrary to the Arabic name (meaning ‘The Top’ or ‘The Ultimate’), is modern French cuisine.
Made to look as pretty as possible, with a mix of regionally and internationally sourced seasonal produce, dishes include beef tartare (Dhs310) served with succulent ventresca, a gourmet delicacy prepared by cooking and preserving tuna belly; roasted veal fillet with braised potato frites, sweetbreads, foie gras and glazed shallots (Dhs345), and hazelnut Paris brest, a composition of choux pastry with caramelised hazelnuts, chocolate cream and vanilla sauce (Dhs75).
Signature Dish: Slow-cooked octopus, dhs245
This slow-cooked octopus salad is loaded with flavours of the Med. Slow-cooking the octopus makes the flesh soft and succulent, and it comes with heirloom tomatoes, truffle and tasty Taggiasche olives. Native to Liguria, Italy they're grown naturally without exposure to pesticides and are considered to be the best olives in the world.
With pristine white table cloths, designer cutlery and luxury ingredients, this venue suits special occasions, and the newly launched Friday brunch (Dhs675 per person) is set to be a popular celebratory spot, especially as guests will get to appreciate the glorious view in daylight. INFO: Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, 04 301 7600, jumeirah.com