Culinary flight is quite an experience, taking over four hours in total covering five different restaurants. Quite expensive, particularly with the matching wines, but well worth it. Overall experience is quite special, with someone to escort you from venue to venue, but each of the servings appeared to be normal size, so by number 4 we were struggling!
Al Muntaha - this is on same floor as Skybar where the experience starts with a drink. Food was simply amazing with subtle flavours and beautiful presentation. Wine list was quite extensive, and equally expensive, making the matching wines cost sound reasonable.
Al Iwan - Middle Eastern style, with amazing decor and large buffet. Food was truly excellent, with perhaps the biggest (and possibly also the tastiest) scallops ever. Our Kenyan waiter was delightful
Junsui - Japanese this time. Restaurant looks very basic and focused on a very large buffet operation. Our Peking Duck selection for this course was only adequate, which was disappointing. Wine was a French Chablis, which was lovely and dry and worked well.
Al Mahara - This is the one with the huge aquarium. Much more upmarket, quiet and sophisticated. Service was excellent. The food (both beef and the sea bass) was beautifully cooked and presented. Provided a quick tour of the restaurant, including the private rooms (also with aquariums) by our waiter, Lucky.
Sahn Eddar - Desert is provided in the lobby lounge near the fountains. Service was again great and the presentation of the deserts was excellent. My poached pear was a bit under-ripe and hard but otherwise it was good. Matched desert wine from Sauternes was superb. Nice touch at the end was the little birthday cake for the birthday girl, even though we had to leave it for them as we'd eaten far too much already and we're flying out very early next morning.
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