The Burj Kalifa is the tallest building in the world and in my opinion its design makes it one of the most beautiful structures in the modern world. In late 2015 the building was decked out with laser lights spanning the entire height of the building facing the sea which made a simply amazing building even more amazing. The building twinkles every night like a giant, expensive Christmas tree and when the laser light show begins each night the mammoth structure turns into the largest billboard I have ever seen with dazzling colours and light displays that mesmerise. With such unbelievable things taking place on the exterior, it is only fitting that the interior be just as magical; and that is where the Armani Hotel comes in...
For just one night during our Dubai stay we decided to stop staring at the beauty of this building from the outside and instead go and see what was on offer inside. We opted for the Armani Ristorante for dinner which is their highly acclaimed signature Italian restaurant. It had been almost one whole week since we had our last proper italian pasta in Italy (and that is way too long for my Italian husband!).
The entire Armani Hotel is decked out in Armani Casa furniture making it a luxurious wonderland of minimalistic elegance. The ristorante is no exception. Our table for two was surrounded by a huge round leather lounge with a big lamp perched above our heads making the golden Armani cutlery shine even more. The first thing to catch your eye though is the huge glass-walled, 'open' kitchen with no less than 10 chefs running around to keep their drill sergeant happy. His name is Alessandro; originally from Piemonte in the North of Italy, he has been the head chef for seven years since the restaurant opened and he is no doubt the main reason for the amazing food we were soon to enjoy. This was no doubt a very modern fine-dining restaurant but Alessandro's passion for quality italian produce assured me that we were in for a treat of hearty traditional flavours. Today was in fact the first day of their truffle season and new menu so we couldn't wait to see the offerings.
The service was impeccable and very attentive, with two waiters/waitresses always attending to each table at a time. They brought out a delicious bread basket with four amazing offerings including a flaky soft goats cheese 'croissant', plus some homemade grissini sticks to accompany our Aperol Spritz. Then came a silky smooth truffle Creme brûlée with a sweet garlic foam for an amuse bouche. I normally never order beef tartare because I have never had a good one; but the chef surprised us and insisted we try his. Thankfully it was without a doubt the best tartare I have ever eaten. A small portion of top quality, seasoned rare beef atop a Parmesan fondue; constructed with delicate precision with white truffle shavings and a cute gooey quail egg resting on top. Yum! Not a single thing you could improve on in any of the perfect starters and we hadn't even ordered entrees yet!
My entree was a porcini mushroom risotto, cooked al dente, creamy and luscious enrichened with black truffle shavings. Gianni went with their other signature entree dish with similar luxury ingredients; square cut spaghetti 'chitarra' with lobster in a rich creamy bagnacauda sauce finished with caviar! I have never tried such a good seafood/cream combination before.
Every half hour the infamous fountains at the foot of the Burj Khalifa danced behind us (and reminded us that we were clearly having too much fun and eating way too much food) but we couldn't leave yet with food this good so we powered on. For main I ordered salt-baked sea bass fillet with an eggplant caponata finished with a delicious light extra virgin olive oil! Gianni had an eye fillet with foiegras, porcini mushroom, asparagus and truffled mash. Both dishes were carved and plated up at the table-side as we drooled, wide-eyed in anticipation. Delicious!
After those two dishes we definitely had no room for anything else and could pretty much barely breathe; but alas, there is a proverb the waiter told us, that dessert doesn't go to your stomach, it goes directly to your heart! They insisted that we try the 'sphera' dessert which was made distinctly for this hotel. An air blown sugar sphere filled with coconut mousse and warm toasted coconut sitting on passionfruit gelato. It went straight to my heart that is for sure. This amazing creation turned out to be the perfect end to a perfect night and I feel as though I need to personally thank Giorgio Armani for being a perfectionist and giving us the opportunity to experience a meal like this. We highly recommend you do yourself a favour and try the Armani Ristorante for yourself!
You can reserve a table at the Armani Ristoriate Here!