Head to Al Iwan restaurant at Burj Al Arab for a meal. Said to be “the world’s only 7-star hotel” diners can have a gala time at this luxurious hotel. Enjoy a high-class buffet lunch or dinner of authentic Arabian dishes while you take in the sea and stunning city views of Dubai.
Burj Al Arab is a dream come true for diners. “AL IWAN” the Jewel place is great to dine at night. The food is traditional and uncomplicated. The décor is designed in rich hues that are bold, gold, red and black, resplendent and grand. The venue is Al Iwan with brilliant simplicity and ultimate luxury that showcases the best of a wide range of Arabic food. Right from the cheapest hole-in-the-wall dives to the most expensive restaurants it seems to be compulsory to present hommos with a puddle of olive oil in the middle and a few whole chick peas floating in it, and paprika stripes around the edge. It is served in fine gold, burgundy and white china instead of the same old brown and white melamine bowls. The team really appreciated the fact that despite the venue being so upmarket the food had not become pretentious.
The waiting staff offered a combination of time-honoured Lebanese style service at seven-star Burj. The huge wine list has some high prices. Al Iwan lacks vital elements: live music, belly dancing and shisha pipes). Diners can enjoy the food without the haze of sweet, fruity smoke. The hoummos and Baba ganouj is well presented smoked aubergine. From the hot mezze section we had some fatayer – pastry triangles filled with stewed spinach. The Kebbeh bil Samak – fried minced hammour with crushed wheat were great. The Moroccan style Lamb couscous tagine was rustic with full-bodied flavours. Although we wondered how traditional it is to serve white asparagus in North African cuisine, we still enjoyed finding it amidst the other vegetables. The Shish Taouk, grilled lemon marinated chicken, just melted in the mouth. The desserts were very cosmopolitan in origin. My rice pudding with apricot puree was a solid little number. The orange and sage marinated fig gratin was served with mocha ice cream, which got high praise.
Al Iwan’s new menu has enhanced the experience of Arabic dining Burj al Arab-style. Diners can have Middle Eastern dishes here and alcohol is served here. Guests can enjoy buffet, cocktails at this family friendly restaurant. Diners can enjoy spectacular views of the Arab Gulf during the daytime and a romantic, intimate dining experience at night at the tallest atrium in the world. Enjoy the finest Arab food in true luxury and dine in a spectacular building.
o Drinks are available for purchase.
o Entrance to Bar al Arab is available 30 minutes prior to your reserved time. Please note that due to security concerns, admission of more than 30 minutes in advance of your time is not permitted.
o There are restrictions on taking photos within the bar. Video recording is also prohibited.
o Please note that participants may not go to any floor in Burj Al Arab that is higher than that of the restaurant.
o Please note that during Ramadan and religious holidays, alcoholic drinks will not be served.
First Floor, Burj Al Arab
Dubai – United Arab Emirates.
Tel.: +971 4 301 7600
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