By Ishita B Saha: Definitely an unique experience and thrilling concept, a group of 22 diners are lifted 50m in the air amidst breathtaking views. Once in the air, a small staff serves a meal cooked up by dedicated chef hosted at a table suspended by a crane. The concept originated in Belgium and since then has created more than 5,000 dinner events in 40 cities around the world including some iconic locations like Kuala Lumpur Tower, Villa Borghese in Rome, Athens, Copacabana Beach, and Cape Town. It has been selected by Forbes in its list of the 10 most unusual restaurants in the world. In Dubai, the suspended mini restaurant – if I may term it so, is docked in Dubai International Marine Club and dining options include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and is catered by the Ritz Carlton in DIFC.
After having signed up and waiting to be transported to the unique culinary experience as promised, I have to admit that I wasn’t all that brave, neither was my companion. But we braved it and soared up rising through the clouds. Yes, it was that dramatic.
After having been strapped into a bucket seat with a tight harness, the flight up was very gradual with no particular feeling of uneasiness. The sudden realisation of not having the ground beneath my feet took the first ten minutes away. The breakfast menu was simple – fresh fruits, granola honey yogurt, croissants, chicken sausages, scrambled egg, hash browns and tea/coffee. And yes, I definitely want to go back for the unusual experience, although a tad bit pricey for the food. But then the experience itself is worth booking into – specially the afternoon tea at sunset or the dinner in the backdrop of a glittering Dubai Marina. Don’t miss the video above of my incredible experience.
After the preview, I had only one thing to quip in – “Only FOOD can lure me up there – 50m above sea level, harnessed up in a seat and hanging from a crane!”
[Prices start from AED 499/person. Tickets can be purchased for private or corporate occasions through an online booking system at www.dinnerinthesky.ae or through the reception desk in the location]
[This story and video have been created exclusively for FoodeMag dxb. All images taken by Ishita B Saha, excepting the sunset image.]