At.mosphere Lounge

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on July 21st, 2016

About

At.Mosphere is the world’s highest lounge bar, sprawling over 1,030 square meters on level 122 of the Burj Khalifa. Situated just 2 levels below the At The Top observatory deck, there's plenty to take in as you enjoy drinks and light snacks surrounded by stunning views of Dubai’s futuristic skyline and the Arabian Gulf.

Holder of the Guinness World Record for the Highest Restaurant from Ground Level, the innovative lounge and restaurant offers a unique dining concept. Choose to dine at the restaurant, or unwind in the lounge overlooking the world’s tallest performing fountains. Whether you’re a connoisseur of fine dining, or simply want to relax, At.Mosphere promises an experience like no other.

Soak up the dramatic décor of deep shades of amethyst and patterned velvets. An ideal stopover for a mouthwatering lunch or afternoon tea, the mood shifts in the evening, with soft lounge music to accompany the impressive views. Round-trip transfers from any hotel within the city limits of Dubai ensures a perfect experience.

Review

It was my wifeys birthday and I wanted to do something special and since she had never been to At.mosphere, this gave me the perfect opportunity to surprise her! I jumped to the reservation business and made sure we got the "window seat" which is genuinely the whole point of going here, especially if it is your first time! We were set for a 5:30 pm reservation on that day and I was all set to see her reaction at the time of the sunset :)

But, mid-day I got a call from them giving us an option for a late evening/dinner which had just opened up, I did think that would be more practical AND she could see her favourite Dubai Fountains and a lit up view of the city! All good.

Ambiance

So, it's a whole process of arriving to the place, like you enter through the ​Armani hotel and they send you through the world's fastest double-decker elevator traveling at a maximum elevator speed of 600 metres per minute, or 36kmph, and finally you are here. Upon entrance, we were quite underwhelmed by the jaded interiors and dark/mood lighting.. Yes, it is a trend for most fine dining places, but honestly we find it really to be dulling our whole experience! 
Like I mentioned earlier, we chose to be seated by the window for the view and it turns out you do end up cashing a bit extra out for it! Glad we took that, because by the bar and internally it's good, but definitely not date-night material!

View

Spectacular! Like It's hard to find places that are good and don't jeopardise the view either and that is the USP of At.mosphere- A clean unadulterated view! Neo's at the Address Hotel would provide something similar albeit from the 63rd floor, but sadly that burnt down.. If you are aware of the geographic situation in Dubai, you can easily figure out what is what, and if not, who cares? Its so pretty just to gaze outside while dining on some gorgeous food! Occasionally we even stood up to catch a view of the Dubai Fountains! They look amazing even from up there! "Birds Eye View"? 

Food

They had a limited menu spread according to time-slots to choose from, depending obviously which one you have arrived on! So our dinner time left us with very limiting choices in terms of food, if we may, but also to keep in mind our choice of meat is chicken so basically they had few chicken options! Our server lady was great though, she helped through the menu and chose some wonderful things for us! 
Pre Appetizer: 
Roasted and slightly salted almonds, along with one of the best batches of olives filled with cheese I've ever had. We munched on them relentlessly till we could make up our mind on what to order. 
Homemade Duck Rillettes:
Rillettes is basically a pate, most commonly made with pork. It was the first time my wife and I were having the duck version. It came with two slices of toasted bread and honestly didn't seem to be super appealing to the eyes, but we dug in regardless because we were hungry and got to taste one of the most unconventional but yum appetisers ever! The rillettes was cooked so well and was easily spreadable. The bread too was cut in thin slices providing full justice to the duck rillettes! 
Iberico Beef:
This kind of beef is of an aged variety and has a peculiar taste to it, which is actually really amazing! This was served on a bed of tomato tartine which complimented the meat and overall made the dish delicious..
Truffle Fries:
Omg, we could literally smell our fries from a mile away from our table. Truffle, indeed is  the "diamond of the kitchen" serving as the final crown to any dish. Our shoestring fries were drenched in truffle oil and we managed to get a few stares from the surrounding tables talking about the rich truffle aroma. Both, us husband wifey were satisfied customers after the consumption of these fries. 
Garden Tempura:
Crisp fried veggies in a perfect tempura form? YES! They were served with a tart yuzu dressing(exotic citrus fruit), which honestly didn't do much for us! The tempura veggies were good as they were! 
Pipe Rigate Pasta:
So by now, we were actually uncomfortably full so we knew we wouldn't love our next dish by default. But, guys it was SO good, we actually ended up inhaling it. So al dante pasta tossed in light tomato sauce and capers and topped with some parmesan. It sounds simple and unexciting when you read the description, but its the top quality ingredients that make all the difference to such a simple dish. We simply loved it..

Desserts

Chocolate Biscuit:
We both are such chocolate goofs that we will literally eat anything that says chocolate, so anyways this dessert by our standards was one of the BEST chocolate desserts we've eaten in a very very long time. It was basically chocolate sponge/brownie in the pan, topped with some cherry ice cream and served with chantilly cream on the side! We were in literal sugar heaven. #takemeback..
Chantilly Cream:
Also known as whipped cream for the laymen.
Birthday Swan:
So since it was my wifey's birthday, they had prepared this beautiful choux pastry swan filled with vanilla cream. I did not honestly know what it was but she enlightened me about it and even claimed she could make a much better one(my pastry chef wifey). I wouldn't say it was a cracker of a dish but it definitely managed to capture the sentiment of "awwww" when it arrived! So all in all, worked like a charm.. 

Rating

​Interiors –
Good

Location –
Excellent

Ambiance –
Excellent

Value for Money –
Good

Service & Hospitality –
Excellent

Quality & Taste of Food –
Excellent

Cost –
Minimum Spend of AED200/- Per PAX for a non-window table
Minimum Spend of AED250/- Per PAX for a window table

Cuisine –
European

Phone –
04 8883828

Address –
​Level 122, The Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Dubai

Verdict

At.mosphere is an unmatchable "experience", you must have. Keep it for occasions or special days, because it will definitely charm you. No matter what time slot you choose, there is a bit for everyone in terms of food and views. We loved it, and we definitely recommend you to try it out. 
​Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) love food. It's the only thing they eat. They embark on a unique adventure every evening trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out their various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.


Posted in Food ~ The Tasterpreneur    Tagged with armani, burj khalifa, Tallest, super fine dine, atmosphere, experience, highest, superlative, view, dinner with a view, views


2 Comments

Raj - July 24th, 2016 at 3:03 AM
World's Tallest. Wow!!!
Niharika - August 2nd, 2016 at 5:48 AM
So Coool

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