At.mosphere – clichéd? Oh yes, but this is the highest Brunch in the world!
Here’s a brunch not only with a fantastic location at (level 122 of the iconic Burj Khalifa) but also with a twist, as it only operates four times a year. So if you want to savour this one, you will need to plan ahead and book well in advance. Described as a ‘gastronomic Friday brunch’, the quarterly brunch at At.mosphere Lounge has to be one of our favourite brunches of the year (no, we don’t take up invites for all the brunches in this brunch obsessed city!). The entry is via the Armani Hotel and after a swift lift transfer, we enter the lounge for the first time during the day me and find it difficult not to be distracted with the stunning views of Dubai. Taking our seats by the window, we were pleased to find that the brunch is a mixture of family style and live cooking stations, thus letting us sit back, relax and savour the view whilst the food is brought to us.
The Brunch Affair
Fifteen dishes were served to our table, family style, some pre-plated with plenty to share for two persons, whilst others were served table side by the friendly staff. My favourites would definitely be the Obsiblue Shu Mai along with the Wagyu Beef Tartar and Slow Cooked Lamb Shank, while the Veal and Foie Gras Pie alone calls for a second trip! All the dishes are presented beautifully and it is clear that there has been no compromise on any of the ingredients in terms of quality. The live station boasts of a stunning Raw Bar with Maison Kaviari, Alaskan King Crab and sweet oysters Parc St Kerber from Cancale. There’s much to rejoice for the meat lovers too, including a whole roasted leg of Wagyu beef that had been slow cooked for thirty-six hours and a Rhug Estate Welsh Lamb, both hand carved to order.
As if this wasn’t enough, we were treated to a huge selection of pastries for dessert, all served at the table and also available at a separate dessert station. An extensive cheese selection with cheese from Maison Mons, handmade butter and a delightful selection of breads, pickles and preserves stand as a standby for perfect accompaniments.
[At.mosphere Brunch: Brunch runs from 12 noon until 4:00 pm, four times a year. The next brunch will be on 8th July. Booking is essential and reservations must be paid for in advance. AED 880/per person including premium beverages or AED 680/person including soft drinks; Reservations: +971 4 8883828]