Scenic Lunch at Burj Al Arab:
It’s not everyday that you get to step into the luxurious and exuberant Burj Al Arab and for all those of you who have wished to dine at the hotel without having to blow a huge chunk of your savings on the food, your prayers have been answered.
A couple of weeks ago we paid a visit to the iconic hotel to try our their new casual eatery that goes by the name of Scape Restaurant and Bar. Located on the brand new sea level terrace with the most breathtaking view of the ocean, lies this standalone restaurant surrounded by glass walls giving you a view to gaze at with utmost awe. The staff were warm and welcoming and seemed to have a fairly impressive knowledge of each dish in the menu.
We started off our meal with the most tantalizing Padron Peppers served with Chorizo Sauce. These tiny peppers are generally mild in flavor, however taste delicious. The heat from the chorizo sauce went perfectly well with the peppers.
For our starters, we started off with the Endive and Grape Salad with Gorgonzola, Pear, Pecan nuts and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette. The presentation of this salad was simple yet beautiful. The endives had a nice crunch to it, and the sweet and salty combinations (from the gorgonzola and the pear) were divine! Highly recommended for all the health-freaks out there.
Next, we tried the Ahi Carpaccio with Cucumber Relish, Ginger, Avocado Purée and Chipotle Escabeche. There’s something so sensual and refreshing about beautifully plates carpaccio dishes. The perfectly sliced ahi tuna tasted fresh and delicious, and the chipotle escabeche added the right notes of tangy, sweet, savory and spicy.
When we saw “Baja Style Fish Tacos” in the menu, we had to order it! Comprising of Crispy Battered Fish that literally melts in your mouth with every bite, these tacos are a must have! We loved the freshness from the Pico De Gallo (a salsa fresca made chopped tomatoes, onions, coriander and lime) and the richness aided by the Sour Cream and Avocado. Also, we’re willing to disregard the fact that these tacos are slightly overpriced since a) its Burj Al Arab and b) they were delish!
The Chili Crab Burger on the other hand was a disappointment for us. Served with Spicy Guacamole, Emmental Cheese and Plantain Crisps, the crab patty on its own was dry and not as juicy as we would’ve liked it. The bread too wasn’t of premium quality as one would expect when dining at the Burj Al Arab. On the upside however, those plantain crisps were very innovated and perfectly crunchy.
Our final main course was the Angus Beef Tampiquena with Crispy Shallots, Chimichurri and Truffles Fries. The beef was cooked perfectly Medium Rare (as requested) and the smokiness from the meat managed to shine through. If we had to critique this dish, it would have to be for the presentation that requires a bit of polishing up.
Our dessert spread was rather appealing. We ordered the Mascarpone Cheesecake with Fruit Compote that looked absolutely delectable. The presentation is a complete contrast to how regular cheesecakes are presented. And the flavors weren’t too rich or sweet either.
We also tried the Salted Caramel Sundae with Candy Popcorn, Chocolate Brownie and Caramel Ice Cream. This dessert brings out the inner “fat kid” in you (it did for us as well). The crunchiness from the popcorn, along with the gooeyness from the brownie and the silky smooth texture from the caramel ice cream all adds up perfectly together and left us licking the bowl!
Address and Contact Details:
Burj Al Arab
Tel: 04 3017600
Padron Peppers – Dhs 35
Ahi Carpaccio – Dhs 90
Baja Style Fish Tacos – Dhs 75
Endive and Grape Salad – Dhs 75
Chili Crab Burger – Dhs 125
Angus Beef Tampiquena – Dhs 245
Mascarpone Cheesecake – Dhs 65
Salted Caramel Sundae – Dhs 65