Bab Al Yam in the Burj Al Arab has a brand new look
While the restaurant isn’t new, it has been completely refurbished with floor to ceiling glass windows, making the best use of it’s position in front of the Arabian sea. A radical colour change from when you walk around the rest of the hotel, no multi coloured carpet or gold bling at Bab Al Yam. Instead expect light and airy blonde wood flooring with tables and chairs to match. Most of the tables are around the almost 360 degree windows so everyone eats with a view.
I saw the Atlantis on one side and walked around to see the Burj Khalifa on the other, this picture was taken with a long lens on my Canon camera, it won’t seem so near when you see it!
Food at Bab Al Yam
The food at Bab Al Yam is most definitely Mediterranean in style with some Arabic style dishes as well. There are 2 chefs on hand at the live cooking stations all the time and both are very experienced and happy to chat to you about anything and even customise some dishes. Their chef de cuisine Mohit Bhargava was telling me that they do, for example, accommodate Indian guests who don’t eat garlic and onions in their food.
We liked the flat breads with smoked salmon and sour cream with dill and the pissaldiere bites that were brought round to our table. But this is a buffet restaurant and you help yourself whilst pacing yourself too!
I really enjoyed the lobster main dish and very well cooked vegetables, not overdone at all! Instead of chaffing dishes to keep things hot, they had a lot of large casserole type crock pots, giving diners the feeling of home cooking but on a larger scale.
The almond cake with blueberries was one of the best I’ve had, the frangipani almond filling was excellent and we even took a slice of this home!
The chocolate in the chocolate fountain is made without oil and flows out of a tap as opposed to flowing in a fountain arrangement! A great hit with the children and some adults!
Service at Bab Al Yam
Service in many of Dubai’s top restaurants is exceptionally high, but service here was actually that little bit better than I’ve experienced elsewhere. From how you can taste your prosecco before trying it to being offered a blanket and everything else in between, service with a smile, was impeccable. They listened when we said we didn’t need our cutlery changed every time we got up for some more food and they seem to be trained to adjust their behaviour based on the guests attitude, that’s good.
You won’t get Asian food at Bab Al Yam
There’s something about sushi by the sea for me if it’s a buffet lunch I’m having in Dubai, but Bab Al Yam’s policy is not to serve sushi or any Asian cuisine. There isn’t really any spicy food on offer either although I think the chefs can add a little chilli to the freshly cooked items at the live cooking stations. They do have a separate Asian restaurant on the GM floor called Junsui that offers an interesting Chinese Tea with 4 or 5 types of dim sum.
Who’d love Bab Al Yam
Anyone who could afford it really, you go to Bab Al Yam for it’s position. It’s right by the Arabian sea with fabulous views and you’re in the Burj Al Arab hotel! There were a variety of people there when we visited, but I think the large family from a Scandinavian country were having the most fun! Lots of kids really enjoying themselves and being well looked after by the staff, while their parents ate a luxuriously long, leisurely lunch with views of the sea and their children playing in the jacuzzi outside (despite the cold wind blowing!)
Lunch finishes at 3.30 but we left just after 4pm. Prices are AED 495 for lunch and kids 9 years and over pay half price, while kids under 4 years old eat for free. At the moment outside guests are not permitted to have breakfast here it’s only for residents but I think breakfast here would be an amazing meal, when the weather’s a bit warmer!
TIP if you want to go outside then the way you open the main doors to the deck is to SLIDE them apart! No pushing, pulling or security guards required! Want to stay at this hotel? You could get a deal on Hotels.Com here.