Burj Al Arab Restaurant

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Burj Al Arab Restaurant

Everyone is familiar with the hotel that looks like sail in Dubai. It’s an iconic building. But do you know what it is called? It’s named the Burj Al Arab and it’s currently the world’s only seven-star hotel. There are others under-construction, but currently this is the one only in full operation.

Burj Al Arab Restaurant

On our visit to Dubai, we decided to book an evening meal at one of the Burj Al Arab restaurant, Junsui. There are nine restaurants and other eateries where you can enjoy everything from dinner, lunch, coffee, brunch and afternoon tea and even cocktails.

We decided to book Junsui, which is described as far-eastern cuisine. It is a buffet style, but unlike any buffet you’ve been to. There’s live cooking stations where the chefs will make the dishes you choose, fresh for you, in front of your eyes.

Glittering with Swarovski crystals, the décor is beautiful. The frosting, contrasting with strong bold blocks of black, white and grey. The restaurant feels clean, modern and luxurious.

Burj Al Arab Restaurant

The food stations were set out in different areas of the restaurant and what I loved most is we could try a little bit of each cuisine. On arrival, you are given a tour of the restaurant, so you know which sections of the restaurants are serving which cuisines. This was lovely as it felt really special.

There was a station for each Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai and Chinese. There was also the most impressive selection of desserts.

We started at the Japanese section, enjoying sushi and sashimi which was delicious. There was also a fresh fish section, offering mussels, crabs, prawns, oyster, clams and more.

Burj Al Arab Restaurant

Within the Japanese section was a teppanyaki station, where the chef was cooking a divine selection of dishes including beef and prawns. Teppanyaki is where food is cooked using an iron griddle. These dishes are cooked for you on request.

Within the Japanese section, there was also tempura vegetables and a variety of other dishes, including miso soup. Which I am not a big fan of, so I steered clear.

Within the Indonesian section there was a selection of satay dishes and other chicken and meat dishes, including beef rending, which is a Malaysian beef curry.

The Thai section offered some mouth-watering curries and the Thai speciality chicken pandan.

The Chinese section had a live cooking station for noodle dishes, dishes cooked in the wok, such as stir fried vegetable and kung pao seafood. There was also an area for dim sum and another for peking duck.

Obviously, we couldn’t try all the dishes. There was so much to try. The chefs and waiters were really welcoming and would bring dishes over to your table. They also bought out a couple of dishes, which we hadn’t requested, for us to sample.

Burj Al Arab Restaurant

There was a great dessert station too. With lots of miniature desserts to sample. There was also a giant chocolate fountain with everything imaginable to accompany it.

Burj Al Arab Restaurant

I won’t lie and say it wasn’t a very expensive night out. The current price for dinner at the Burj Al Arab restaurant, Junsui is 550 dirhams, which roughly equates to about £105 per person. Drinks are on top. We paid around £10 for a (small) bottle of water and my other half indulged in a cocktail, costing about £35. But for a very special treat it would be perfect. The team there were so helpful and attentive. I have only good memories of the night.

Burj Al Arab Restaurant

We did have a bit of an incident whilst we were there. Whilst drinking his cocktail, my other half sucked up a piece of glass which had been disguised as ice. I guess a glass had smashed and unbeknown, a piece had fallen in the ice. The staff couldn’t have been more apologetic, immediately whipping away his cocktail, returning with a fresh (glass-free) one and offering me a complimentary glass of wine, which of course I accepted. Not what you would expect for a restaurant of this class, but these things happen and they were so speedy in rectifying the situation.

Would I go back again if I got the chance? Yes I would. I’d love to. The food was amazing and the service was outstanding. I even liked the toilets! The ‘blingy’ décor really appealed to my inner magpie.

Burj Al Arab Restaurant

I must apologise about the lack of quality of my photos, I didn’t realise until afterwards that my camera was on low resolution storage mode. Disappointing as these photos don’t do the Burj Al Arab restaurant of Junsui any justice.

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20 thoughts on “Burj Al Arab Restaurant

    • Sally Sally says:

      It was lovely Mary. We weren't that high up, I believe the restaurant is in the middle of the building, but it was still amazing. The architecture is breath-taking.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Yes it was the nice buffet I've ever been to. I like the fact that there were live cooking stations, it was great to watch.

  1. Wow now that looks absolutely amazing. I have always wanted to go to Dubai. This hotel sounds dreamy. Lucky you to visit. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • Sally Sally says:

      It was a really interesting place. So opulent. It was a great place to see and we feel very fortunate that we were able to have such a nice dinner out. If you get a chance Jenny, you should definitely go.

    • Sally Sally says:

      It was a bit K-pop actually! You're right, the chocolate fountain was amazing. Dawn French (aka the Vicar of Dibley) would have been right in there.

  2. Wow! what a meal and dinner to remember! I have heard about this hotel as well and made me so interested to visit the country as I've never been to Middle Eastern countries before. Lovely post! #LifeLovingLinkie

    • Sally Sally says:

      The whole of Dubai is full of places like this, very opulent and a bit excessive in places, but it is an amazing place to visit and I'm glad we had the opportunity to go. It was actually on a stopover! I hope you get to go one day Cheryl.

  3. Wow, Sally, that sounds exciting! I imagine Dubai so full of luxury and sparkly all over. And a seven star hotel, can't even imagine how that must be inside! I love to try foods and it sounds like you had a great time doing that , except for the glass incident. I'm happy nothing major happened with that!

    • Sally Sally says:

      The food was so delicious. It was hard to know what to try as everything looked really tasty. It was nice that there were small portions, so you could try a few things without filling up too quickly. I know, it must be lovely to stay at the hotel. I can only dream!

  4. Oh wow! Lucky you! I remember we tried to walk to this hotel when in Dubai in 46C heat! We had to stop at each bus stop along the way for some airconditioning! We didn't make it but thanks for showing me what inside looks like - very opulent. Thanks for the opportunity to link up at #LifeLovingLinkie

    • Sally Sally says:

      It's such a beautiful hotel Sue, I can only imagine what it must be like to stay there. I bet the rooms are amazing. We wanted to go up to the top to see the view from the bar, but they wouldn't let us in without a reservation. It was such a special night though.

  5. Wow that looks incredible, I would have been totally blown away by the decor and food selection as well. If I'm ever lucky enough to be stopping over in Dubai I'll definitely keep this place in mind, although it would likely eat into our travel budget quite dramatically! Looks absolutely terrific!

    • Sally Sally says:

      It was such a lovely treat. A very pricey night out, but you don't go to Dubai every day. We thought it was well worth the experience. If we did ever go back to Dubai, we would go again. Or perhaps try one of the other restaurants instead. There's too much choice! Yes you should go if you do ever stop over there Robyn. That's what we did when we stayed for a couple of days.

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