What’s it like?
This is a place to go when you’re looking for a dining experience to remember. Perched beautifully on the 122 floor of the world’s tallest building, At.mosphere offers incomparable, breathtaking views through floor-toceiling windows. You can get dressed up to come here and not feel out of place in dazzling surroundings – it’s definitely a spot to celebrate, treat your loved one, or impress guests. Expect pristine white table cloths and simplistic, chic décor. The dimly lit restaurant makes for an intimate, romantic experience – and allows the city’s lights below to sparkle and shine even more.
What are the food highlights?
Firstly, I must admit that I was apprehensive before arriving. I feared the food may take backseat – with all emphasis spent on location and the destination’s iconic nature. But wow, I needn’t have been. With new executive chef Christopher Graham at the helm, food here takes center stage and doesn’t disappoint. There are various tasting menus available, ranging from eightcourse to three-course, with and without pairing. And, although each course delivered was perfectly executed in terms of exquisite presentation and unique flavour combinations, favourites include a stunning pearl barley risotto with chestnut and Alba truffle (I love pearl barley and find it so under-used in Dubai, so this dish was a lovely surprise), a 36-hour dry aged tenderloin cheek served with smoked polenta, carrot and leek ash, and the succulent John dory dish, which came with crayfish, corn and a chicken wing terrine-like accompaniment. Not forgetting the showstopping desserts. For refreshing flavours, the mandarin espumafilled sphere is a work of art and tastes phenomenal, or for a more comforting ending, the chocolate moelleux with parsnip ice-cream is incredibly moreish.
How was the service?
Second to none, the service team were excellent. Well versed on the offering and always on hand if needed.
The bottom line:
An infallible dining experience in the sky to share with those closest to you. Go hungry, as portion sizes are very generous (as course seven arrives you’ll wish you’d skipped lunch beforehand).