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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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