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Latest Recipe

Latest Recipe
I would love to meet the person responsible for naming  Latest Recipe. Per the unofficial pole I have taken, based on inviting guests to dinner, it takes everone an average of 3 takes to understand that Latest Recipe is in fact the name of the restaurant. Is it too obscure? Does it lack a sense of cohesion or continuity for a restaurant? In any case, it never fails to offer pleasant chit chat. Guest: "Is that really the name of the restaurant?" Me: "Yes it is." Guest: "Interesting, I've never heard something like that before." Me: "That's true, me either...." Le Meridien Mina Seyahi has recently undergone a 10 month refurbishment to contemporaries the interior while keeping the exterior intact.  Similar to a well maintained vintage car, the body is vintage while the engine is shinny new. We glided through the French inspired menu as my favorites included the beetroot salad and roast chicken which was extremely juicy and comforting to have. Unfortunately the desserts didn't live up to the starters and mains, the icing on the eclair was thick and a touch grainy while the cream filling in the tart wasn't my favorite. Beautifully presented a la sharing style I did have a good meal. Would I go out of my way to come back to Latest Recipe (yes that is the name of the restaurant) I'm not so sure. If you are staying at the hotel or have a business meeting in the area I would recommend a lunch on the terrace. Their ambiance needs a touch of work, which is unfortunately something you can't create. But I do commend them on the attentive service. Powered by Restronaut.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION Le Meridien MS OPENING HRS. All Day Dining  CUISINE French European PRICE PER COUPLE AED 250 TELEPHONE # 04 399 3333 WEBSITE Click Me
THE FORK-O-METER
Ur In the Area Terrace Business Lunch
     

At.Mosphere at the Burj Khalifa

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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.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION: Burj Khalifa OPENING HRS: Dinner 7:30 - 11:30 CUISINE: European PRICE PER COUPLE: AED 1,000    
THE FORK-O-METER
A Love At First Site Restaurant