The latest addition to the hotel promises an eclectic menu and stunning views of the ever-changing Dubai skyline
If you’re a Dubai resident, chances are that you’ve seen the Burj Khalifa and Downtown’s famous dancing fountain many, many times. After all, the 828-metre tower is the city’s most famous landmark, the undisputed must-see for any visitor. But, you can now experience the Burj Khalifa in a different – and delicious – new light, at new restaurant 3BK.
Opened just this August, the spacious, 23,500 sq m 3BK is located in what was once a posh events space on the third floor of the Armani Hotel. In keeping with the chic spirit of the Armani, 3BK opts for a minimalist, modern feel, with plenty of gold tones thrown in for good measure. Although already popular, the restaurant’s size and layout can make it seem as if you’re almost alone, making it perfect for a romantic night out.
The food on offer is difficult to categorise, other than the menu’s vague promise of “global influences” drawn from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. The restaurant’s Colombian chef, Juan Esteban Torregrosa, skillfully weaves the items together, particularly through the restaurant’s six or eight course tasting menus, served sharing style.
A lack of choice is not an issue at 3BK. For starters alone, you can choose a wide variety of Maki rolls or raw dishes such as ceviche, red prawn carpaccio or salmon tartar. Alternatively, you can opt for options such as beef croquettes – which come highly recommended – or chicken skewers, grilled octopus or wild rice salad.
While the mains may sound standard, they are anything but. Some favourites include oxtail risotto, fried whole sea bass with fried green plantains and salsa roja, or baby chicken marinated in smoked chilli and served with pollada sauce. While there are also a number of meats on offer, vegetarian main dishes are limited to roasted cauliflower with beetroot, carrot, radish pickles and turmerican basil sauce and ‘All About Corn’, served with cheese.
If you somehow manage to save room for dessert, there’s an ample selection on offer. Try the miso milk cake, served with black sesame foam, yuzu pearls and yogurt ice cream.
Our favourite thing about 3BK, however, is the location itself. On one side, you have sweeping views of Dubai Mall and the Dubai Fountain, making it an excellent place from which to see the fountain shows. On the other side, you can catch a stunning glimpse of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard and the Dubai Opera.
Although on our recent visit it was still too hot outside to sit out on these decks, once the weather cools down a bit more they will likely be huge draws. The deck facing the Opera, we’re told, is likely to be converted into a shisha lounge. We, for one, can’t wait.
Despite being where it is, a trip to 3BK isn’t as expensive as one might think – the six and eight-course tasting menus, for example, cost AED350 and AED 450, respectively, while mains range from AED 75 to AED 495.For all the latest gourmet news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.