Only 4 days of unemployment left!
I decided to reward myself with a fancy dinner at Al Muntaha in the Burj in honor of having finally landed a job. Scotch and I went last night and this time we did indeed valet the car to avoid the horror of the last self-park episode.
Although we almost went into the parking garage again as Scotch did not want to pull up in our little Yaris hatchback that not only hadn’t been washed in over a week (so it is dusty and grimy as hell due to the sandy conditions here) but also emits a very high-pitched squeak from the engine. Boys and their complexes with cars – I just don’t get it.
So we valeted and made our way up to whatever floor the restaurant is at. It is a shame that there is not much of a view up there – we were seated by the window and I could barely even make out the lights from the Palm.
Unfortunately, I was able to make out the blinking LED wall lights and the psychedelic colors that is the interior of the restaurant. All that seemed to be missing was a few oversized disco balls:
The photo above is from the Burj website. Eschewing the usual protests and exasperating looks from Scotch, I did manage this time to take my own photos of our meal!
Our waiter started us off with an amuse bouche of lobster consommé (with lobster meat) for Scotch and a sweetcorn velouté with crab meat for me. Both were very very yummy. Note my sophisticated usage of food descriptors here – don’t you all wish you could come up with “very very yummy”? I’ll be the greatest food writer yet!
Scotch’s appetizer was an Oxtail salad with um…hm…I can’t remember but there was frisee, truffles and a quail egg. It was also very good!
My appetizer was a Ravioli of Canadian Lobster (in its own foam):
Looks like a big yellow foamy mushroom, huh? And here’s what it looked like when cut up:
Scotch chose the special of the night: Sirloin of Wagyu beef (medium rare). The 2 round patties on top are flavored butters but it didn’t need it. The Wagyu by itself was so freaking good I thought I was going to pass out:
I ordered the New Zealand Venison (medium rare) in Beet Jus. A bit skeptical at first of the beet sauce but I am a huge beet fan so I thought I’d give it a shot. It was absolutely divine. The venison was so tender and juicy and the sweetness of the beet sauce complimented the meat perfectly. The red clump on top is fried beet I think.
My dish also came with a side of Colcannon which I have had once before and hated it but this time around I loved it! The mashed potatoes were perfectly buttered, and I love veggies, so loved the cabbage which gave it a nice sweet crunch. Don’t think it needed the extra slab of meat that was on top but otherwise a perfect side dish to go with the venison:
The service was very friendly and attentive yet non-obtrusive. Scotch and I skipped dessert as we were both stuffed like happy pigs in a blanket!