With a catch phrase like “The highest restaurant in the world” who could resist the gravitational pull of a dinner reservation at At.mosphere in the Burj Khalifa.
I deliberately am not and will not going to include a picture of the view from At.mosphere 122 floors above the city of Dubai. Why? Because A) a picture will not in any way do the view justice and B) the first reaction surprise of the view is priceless and I want everyone to experience it firsthand.
We climb into what can only be described as the most silent rocket in the world. 50 seconds and several ear pops later we are not only at the top of the Burj Kalifa but also on top of the world. Walking into the reception of the restaurant, the marvelous view catches my eye. Being 26 to this exact date I am reduced to a 6 year old, gone are my stilettos and in their place pigtails. I grab on to the railing and excitedly start pointing out different areas of Dubai.
In the process of taking our orders I become please by the knowledgeable and passionate staff. Enquiring about the lobster our waiter explains “You won’t believe how fresh and large it is!” said with such pride and delight akin to a man describing the size of his manhood.
I start admiring the interior of the restaurant and have to commend At.mosphere on their daring choice of wood paneling. Though I feel the carpet is a bit dark, with the view they have in their possession I’d be satisfied sitting on a concrete slab in a bare-walled room.
Our bread and starters arrive. With healthy pieces of artichoke embedded in the warm bread it proves to be a difficult task letting go of the golden mold. The walnut and pheasant soup steals the show in terms of starts. Its flavors can be described as deep, warm and extremely rich. Foie gras based (irrespective of liking foie grass or not you would enjoy this dish) with a cone of ricotta cheese at the center of the plate. The wagyu bresaola topped with artichoke is a stark contrast to the soup, fresh and light but still exceptional. The warm goat cheese salad is just that cheese and lettuce – so I’d skip this choice while ordering.
My steak arrives and is cooked as prescribed – medium with no blood on the plate. As I am enjoying the tender meat, plethora of sides (spicy baby corn, onion rings and asparagus) and mushroom and truffle sauce, I start to get a strange feeling while looking at my friend’s catch of the day fish dish. Much to the initial content (although deep down discontent) of the few men I’ve dated, I’m usually not a girl that fosters feelings of jealousy. Although looking at the tender white fish, surrounded by ravioli that has been cooked for a ridiculous amount of time, with a dark sauce artistically dripped on to the plate I can’t help but admit that though my steak is prefect I am jealous that the dish isn’t mine to devour.
The desserts are a work of art. A scoop of ice cream dropped in chocolate placed on a brownie and drizzled with chocolate. A caramelized pair sprinkled with sesame and slice of creme caramel based frech toast. I don’t doubt their freshness, quality of ingredients or intricate creation, though I feel they are more on the art side than the hitting your core scrumptious desserts.
My food and experience at At.mosphere is exceptional. I would recommend it as a WOW factor restaurant. Want to sweep a girl off her feet? With the two seater tables cleverly located against the windows she wouldn’t stand a chance but to fall for you.