A Modern Day Fairytale – The Princess and Her Burgers

This is no ordinary fairytale.  No, it’s my kind of fairytale, where the protagonist is a princess and the one that needs saving is the helpless prince.

It’s a Tuesday not long ago when princess Yasmine begins to suit up for battle, one that would define her future. It’s a quest to discover and save her prince, the At.mosphere Lounge Burger, who is locked up in the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

Dressed in her long flowing white dress, a green bejeweled necklace and Jimmy Choos she’s all suited up and ready to go.

Approaching the Burj, the clashes with the foot soldiers begin, “Do you have a reservation?” Pulling out her white Sword 5, Yasmine retrieves her booking reference and banishes the foot soldiers.

Hopping onto her rocket, she presses the ignition and the engine roars signaling its ready. Floor 123, full throttle on the gas, seatbelt (safety first) and she takes off. First climbing the Burj at a steady speed, and suddenly the rockets warps up into the sky crossing the sound barrier with a Kaboom!

Reaching 442 meeters up, Yamine hovers next to the Burj, opens the emergency exit of the rocket and dives into the bulding through an open window.

Entering her battleground, the At.moshphere Lounge is buzzing with energy. Approaching the hostess, Yasmine asks if her table is ready. “No, it would have to be a fifteen minute wait,” responds the hostess.

Yasmine perches herself onto the bar and enjoys a cool whisky drink and beautiful music played by one of the most beautiful DJs she’s ever seen.

Alas her table is ready, running towards it, she drives her white Sword 5 through the table and claims it to be Yasmine land, for the next two hours at least.

As the new ruler of the table, she orders the prince’s release who has been held captive in the kitchen.

And there he is, immaculately dressed and presented, one, two, three.

His hand [burger] fits perfectly in her hands, it must be ment to be.

Leaning in for a kiss, the ultimate test, a taste of what she has been chasing. It happens, Yasmine’s eyes widen with confusion as she takes a step back.

Inquiring further, “Tell me your story,” she says.

With the most perfect English and distinguished vocabulary, the prince tells Yasmine his cookie cutter prince story.

Bland is the first thing she thinks. Where are your sharp flavors, thoughts and ideas? I feel no mustard or courage in your story.

You may have the perfect base [patty] and clothes [bun] but I need a prince with character [inspiring and creative toppings] to spend a lifetime [AED 250] with.

Heart broken, her prince promised her the world but gave her nothing. Tricked by the flashy lights, shiny buildings and expensive views she took one last sip of her perfect whisky bid adieu to her bland, helpless prince and jumped into her rocket.

This time, not up into the clouds, but down to the ground. Jumping off the rocket and onto the ground she slips off her Choos and breaks off her necklace and starts running.

Across Defense Roundabout, along Shikh Zayed Road, towards Safa Park until finally she reaches his doorstep, Al Reef Lebanese Bakery.

Her beautiful white dress torn and stained with tar, her delicate feet bruised by the cement, but she doesn’t mind, because she has reached.

One zatar manousheh with tomato please.

Grabbing his hand, it’s quite large, but she holds on never the less. A prince? No. Nothing is immaculate about the way he is dressed, there is no shiny skyscraper, no music, no lights, jus him, a humble, sweet soul.

“Tell me your story,” she says.

He responds with a story of great suffering but also great ambition and triumph.

Exciting and unique, her heart flutters.

Your humble yet strong character [manoushe dough] and ambitious plans [juicy tomato toppings] make me want to spend a lifetime [AED 7] with you.

He promised her nothing but gave her the world as simple as that.

Wait for it……. . . . And they lived happily ever after.

At.Mosphere lounge is a surprisingly buzzing place to enjoy excellent drinks at some of the highest points in Dubai. The lounge offers gourmet twists on all your classic favorites such as hamburgers, tacos, corn on the cob, ceviches and more. I would go for all of them except the hamburger. For AED 250 a plate you will definitely find more exciting flavors to satisfy your pallet.


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    1. Raki Phillips

      HAHAHAHA Brilliant post!
      Last place I would think of for burgers but none the less a riveting fairy tale :)

      • Fork It Over Dubai

        Haha, thanks, I really had fun with this post.

        They have pretty interesting bar food at the Atmosphere lounge, check it out! :)

    2. OB

      Ah, my heart bleeds for you oh crestfallen Princess. They promised you the world and left you in the gutter those heartless, blood thirsty vampires!!! Seriously, I have yet to meet anyone (in person) that thinks this place is the business. You go to At.mosphere at Burj Khalifa for the view. And that’s all folks!!! Your post reminds me of one of the best and most honest reviews I have ever read on Time Out Dubai. Enjoy:


      • Fork It Over Dubai

        Your comment made me smile, and laugh.

        Thanks for the link!

        We always seem to be over promised in Dubai.

        Love your blog.


    3. Absolutely hilarious!!! I love this post Tala, well done. It speaks to the modern princess on so, so many levels.

      • Fork It Over Dubai

        Hey Sarah,

        Haha! I’m glad you enjoyed it, I really did have fun with this post!

        Down to earth things in both food and love will always be my choice.

        Enjoy your weekend!