It doesn’t get any more high-end than the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.
The Burj even describes itself as the “world’s most luxurious hotel.“
So it’s no wonder that the hotel is also home to a seafood restaurant — Al Mahara — complete with a floor-to-ceiling aquarium where diners can enjoy delicious food while watching colourful fish swim among luscious plants in bright blue water.
I had the chance to eat at Al Mahara on a visit to Dubai years ago and I still consider the lobster I ate there to be the best I’ve ever had.
It’s one of the best fine dining restaurants in the world, but a meal there isn’t cheap. According to TripAdvisor reviews for the restaurant, a dinner for two with a bottle of wine costs around $US600.
For some context, here’s the hotel itself in all its sail-shaped glory. It sits on its own island, connected to the rest of Dubai’s mainland by a long driveway.
Guests enter the hotel through the mesmerising atrium, complete with a fountain, escalator, and a clear view of some of the hotel’s rooms outlined in varying shades of blue and green.
Al Mahara means “the oyster shell” in Arabic, and the restaurant’s entrance actually looks and feels like an oyster shell. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the hotel.
The illuminated golden archway opens into an elegant but modern dining room of red carpet, plush seating, and white table cloths.
Diners can get up close and personal with the creatures that are housed in Al Mahara’s aquarium, the centrepiece that the restaurant is built around.
Diners will see everything from sharks…
Al Mahara claims to have the best seafood in Dubai. The restaurant’s specialties include Alaskan king crab with foie gras ravioli, Wagyu beef with potato gnocchi, line caught sea bass, and dark brown sugar shortbread for dessert.
Tsarkaya Oysters in cucumber and apple broth is another one of the restaurant’s specialties.
Al Mahara is fine dining at its finest.
Even the bread looks exquisite.
The cocktails look delicious too. Here’s one of the restaurant’s strawberry daiquiris.
Diners can then end their meal with a sampling of small dessert treats.
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