When a Panda visits the world’s most expensive hotel…

When a Panda visits the world’s most expensive hotel…

There is no question that the Burj Al Arab Hotel is one of the wonders of Dubai- maybe one of the wonders of the entire UAE even. It is also the most expensive 7-star hotel in the world with the average room costing about $12,00 a night. NEVER in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever step foot in the world’s most expensive hotel… I mean seriously… I’m a TEACHER who has no other income! But when you’re a smart panda, you find a way to satisfy your inner bourgeois curious self.

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Two weeks ago Dubai hosted Jumeirah Restaurant Week (JRW), where 40 of the country’s top eateries rolled out specially priced menus to bring in new patrons and old friends alike. Jumeirah, for those of you less pretentious readers, is the premier luxury brand of hotels and restaurants in the GCC. Even the Jumeirah Hotel in Kuwait was one of the few impressive places in that drab country. With lots of options and pricing that was rather affordable (by UAE standards), one of the Expat Felines made a definitive decision that we would visit the Scape Restaurant at the Burj Al Arab. This was how we were going to get into this expensive hotel (you only get to go inside if you have a reservation at the hotel, spa or one of its restaurants).

Upon entering you are greeted by this huge fountain,

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Notice the red carpets, blue accents and gold pillars… this is the decor of the hotel which isn’t to my taste but I guess it depicts the opulence of the surroundings.

The balconies are rather impressive though…

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A quick  walk outside will give you this pretty view at sunset:

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And lets take a moment to marvel at this infinity pool built over the sea:

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As for the Scape restaurant experience… well, I’m not a food blogger so I won’t spend too much time detailing the courses covered by the 200AED set menu. I will however let the pictures speak for themselves:

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Starters and main courses were impeccably exquisite but dessert… disappointed us.

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This drink was called Emoji and it was PERFECTION!
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Oysters with bone marrow and jalapeño
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Smoked tortilla soup
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Slow cooked John Dory with some seaweed amazingness at the bottom of this plate
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Crispy baby chicken with greens and and an amazing puree
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Mascarpone cheesecake and a deconstructed lemon meringue
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I am fussy about cheesecake because my cheesecake is pretty good (if I say so myself!)
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This was just too sour full stop.

The service however was absolutely 7 star and I swear if they had been anymore attentive, they would’ve been spooning the food into my mouth (this is probably something you could request to be honest). I love how they presented the bill in this golden box and also gave Expat Lynx a handbag hook for her bag!

 

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I love the night views from the terrace a lot more than the day views because of the beautiful way everything is lit up and of course, the city skyline in the distance. When you’re standing on the terrace looking out over the city, you feel at peace… I don’t think there are many places in Dubai that are peaceful as this.

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Working those blogger poses… I am really rubbish at this though! 

 

Is the Burj Al Arab worth dining at and visiting?

Yes! Purely for the novelty factor of saying that you did visit the world’s only 7 star hotel! It was intriguing to see how a small population of the world functions in such opulence. Would I go back? Nah. I realised that I’m not about that life. I mean I’m still pretty basic (I do love my avocado on toast) but I just don’t think I could justify paying what it costs on a regular basis, to return.

Panda’s Rating:

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A respectable 4 out of 5 pandas purely for an excellent meal (although I have had better), 7 star service and of course, the novelty value!

Tips:

– If you want to make your way into this hotel there are a few ways. Check out the official Burj Al Arab website for all the offers. I just saw that pool access for a day costs 1800 AED… whoah!

Jumeirah Resturant Week happens every year and there are tons of restaurants to pick from that will suit your budget and palate. Don’t miss it!

Is there somewhere that you’ve gone to eat at purely for the novelty of the experience? Let me know in the comments below!

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