Review: What it's like to dine in a five-star elevator in Dubai

Get swept off your feet - quite literally - for an unforgettable evening with mesmerising city views and even more impressive dishes
Review: What it's like to dine in a five-star elevator in Dubai
The unlikely setting for dinner at Jumeirah Emirates Towers
By Lubna Hamdan
Wed 05 Sep 2018 12:06 PM

It certainly takes dining to new heights – literally – and will set you back $1,090 (AED4,000), but Jumeirah’s elevator experience just might be worth it.

A part of the hospitality giant’s “90 ways” summer campaign, which highlights different activities across its hotels, the package sees visitors dine in one of Jumeirah Emirates Towers’ famous glass elevators. And what an experience it is.

We are greeted with a pleasant welcome drink at the open elevator doors by a charming personal waiter who remains with us throughout the five course meal. The experience begins at the ground level and moves up several levels at every course.

The elevator, however, is complete with a red carpet, wistful curtains and a vase of fresh roses. The atmosphere turns dreamier as captivating city lights come into view. We settle a few floors high and are ready for our next meal. We begin with an amuse bouche: savoury balik salmon mousse with cream fraiche and balsamic caviar.

Do not let the elevator setting fool you. The meals are of five-star quality from start to finish.

As we move higher up the floors, the view gets better, as does the food. Next, we have smoked duck breast with a side of green peas and red pepper chutney. We’re not big fans of duck, but the meat is so flavourful that we could have easily done even without any of the add-ons.

To help digest the meal, the portions of which are sizable, we are served a delicious raspberry sorbet popsicle – made only with natural ingredients. It’s a nice touch, to say the least, but what comes after is the highlight of the night: wagyu beef with carrot puree, petit vegetables and fresh summer black truffle. Smokey, moist and tender, it is cooked to ultimate perfection. It is easily one of the best cuts of meat we’d ever had, though taking into account the dinner’s pricetag, it probably ought to be. You definitely get what you pay for, however, as the portion is also generous.

It takes a while to digest, but we take in the views of Sheikh Zayed Road and beyond – coupled with classical music playing in the background – as we ascend to our final floor.

It feels a bit strange to remain seated throughout the movement, but not as strange as it sounds. We experience no dizziness, as some might fear, and the odds of that happening are quickly extinguished as our dessert is served. Nutella panna cota with hazelnut praline ice cream is a sweet end to an evening that had our moods lifted – quite literally.

Guests can choose between two packages for the elevator dining experience, the first of which includes a five course menu for $1,090 (AED4,000), and the second which includes a Rolls-Royce ride, a room night at the hotel and a spa treatment for two at $1,500 (AED5,500). A bottle of bubbly can be added to both packages for $190 (AED700).

The experience can be booked starting 7pm. Guests can reserve via telephone +9714 432 3232 or email at restaurants@jumeirah.com.

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