For anyone visiting Dubai for the first time, a trip to see the Burj Khalifa and the spectacular fountain show is a must. Combine both of those with a meal in a swanky restaurant and you’ve got the dream formula for a dazzling Dubai trip.
Our dining companion arrives in Dubai for her first visit and we meet at Armani/Hashi, one of five restaurants in the Armani Hotel. After a quick catch-up at the bar, where we are served by a very entertaining bartender, we are escorted to our alfresco dining spot. Our table for two on the terrace has the best views of the fountains and sits at the base of the glittering Burj Khalifa. It’s safe to say we are both very impressed and spend plenty of time ooh-ing and aah-ing over the views.
The staff here are attentive without being overbearing. Beverages are discreetly topped up and dishes cleared while we chat away. Speciality Head Chef Jin Chul appears at our table to formally greet us and discuss the cuisine we are going to be sampling. He is a delight and obviously very passionate and proud of the dishes he creates – traditional-with-a-twist Japanese dishes, specialising in the freshest seafood.
Our starter arrives promptly and we tuck in. The Wagyu beef sashimi is full of flavour and utterly tender, cut into the thinnest slices and resting in a light soy sauce. Crunchy leaves, mushrooms and slices of black tru le are layered on top of the beef. It’s a joy to eat. The salmon sashimi is equally pleasing, cut so thin we can see through it.
Next we gobble up grilled chicken dumplings with a chilli oil dip (yum) and the super popular wasabi prawns (crispy battered prawns resting on a punchy wasabi sauce – we could have eaten two plates’ worth).
For mains we try a meaty dish consisting of the tenderest cuts of beef with foie gras and a light teriyaki sauce. The slivers of beef are so juicy we can’t help but eat all of them, despite already feeling full. The salmon is tender, falling apart and melting in the mouth.
After a few minutes’ rest the huge dessert bowl arrives. Fresh cuts of fruit, gooey mocha ice cream balls and a murky green tea jelly all sit on crushed ice, waiting to be eaten. The jelly is a curious flavour, one for matcha fans, while the vanilla and choccy mocha go down a storm. As residents, we will be back, whether that’s with a visiting relly or not.