On the 27th floor of the famous 7-star hotel Burj Al Arab, you can take advantage of the famous brunch buffet on Friday at noon. It costs about 525 AED or about 118 € per person. Paying for this meal is the only way to access the inside of the famous hotel without staying in it, which is unattainable for most people. Enjoy the magnificent views that you can find on the top of the hotel. You can access the Friday brunch or for a little less (although I don´t think the difference makes it worth it), the Sky Tea at AED 425.00 per person including a glass of champagne. Reservations are essential which you send by email to BAArestaurants@jumeirah.com. The brunch is buffet of lobster, caviar, oysters, salads, international foods, cheeses and desserts. Drinks includes juices only. Sodas and other beverages are an additional cost.
All you have to do is search the web briefly and the pictures of Yas Viceroy in Abu Dabhi will leave you open-mouthed. Actually the rooms weren't even what caught our attention. It was actually the opportunity to eat at one of the twelve restaurants that are there, for a great price. We chose the Japanese (Kazu) as a matter of availability but for everyone there (Indian, Italian, Arabic, Mexican ...) was our "gala dinner" of travel. Sitting on the terrace, with spectacular LED lighting facade enveloping (changes color!) And the famous Formula 1 circuit at our feet (the Yas Marina Circuit), we keep ourselves photos for posterity. It is not a cheap restaurant but definitely worth it. And yes ... it is noisy eating while racing cars travel at your side but how and how well it stays in the memory?.
Klayya Bakery & Sweets is a cafe exclusively for women where you can enjoy a traditional Emirati breakfast. First, they serve coffee with cardamom, which may be a little strong for Western tastes, and then dates with eggs and a sweet bread similar to a pancake. Eating here really makes you feel like one of the locals!
Everyone thinks that Dubai is a very expensive place and you can not eat well without spending much money. But the truth is that you can. I've been to Dubai three times, and this is one of my favourite restaurants, on the terrace of Wafi mall. It's a very nice place, especially during happy hour. It's not a particularly traditional Spanish restaurant, but if you want some drinks and tapas, it's a good option. The tortillas are all very good.
We've only gone ahead but many explanations are not necessary: the Real Madrid cafe in Dubai is a place of worship for lovers of football, and especially for fans of the Spanish team. Inside, there are giant screens where matches and programs dedicated to the sport are projected. The restaurant is located on the beach in Dubai Marina.
The restaurant was very cozy but the food is pretty poor for the price. The staff was a bit too laid-back and didn´t even ask if we wanted a beer and when we finally ordered one, they charged us double. I think there are many better and cheaper places.
One of the biggest disappointments on my New York holiday was the fact that Central Perk was nowhere to be found! (I was a big fan of Friends) But I found a solution to the problem in a surprising place ... they've built a replica of the famous cafe in Jumeirah. The coffee is fine, but nothing special. Still, it's worth visiting, if just to take a picture with the sign.
Chillout Ice Lounge is a curious bar made entirely out of ice and steel and which only serves hot drinks like hot chocolate or cappuccinos. When you enter, they give you a thermal suit and shoes to keep warm in the -6°C interior. There's a €12.00 cover charge to get in.
A restaurant on the water! Pierchic is actually located in a hotel, so you must go along a long walkway before sitting down to a meal with one of the most beautiful views in Dubai. The food is excellent.
I loved this place! In a city with expensively decorated and over-serviced restaurants, it is refreshing to discover a small, lunch-only restaurant where the customers are greeted and served by the chefs themselves.
It's a true gem of a restaurant: it is a testing-ground for a reputed catering company called Marta's Kitchen. They use the restaurant to test new concepts and hear the feedback from the guests. If it works, they put it on the catering menu.
I had a great lunch and will definitively return.
How would you like a cup of coffee or tea at 126m from the ground? At Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi you can do it! If you don't like heights stay down on the lower level, but if you don't have vertigo you can take one of 2 express elevators and go to the top of the shopping centre, where besides tasting good coffee you will find wonderful views. We had a tea, double espresso and a cappuccino for less than 80 AEDs.