Monday, January 24, 2011

The World's Highest Restaurant Opens

The world's highest restaurant 'At.mosphere' opened in Dubai this week. Located on level 122 of Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai), the restaurant is headed by Executive Chef, Dwayne Cheer. Cheer offers guests a European style menu, heavily influenced by a Spanish designed Josper grill. The grill is a charcoal fueled, barbecue dual oven with the ability to reach 700°C.

The restaurant is accessible only by a private elevator which whisks guests 442m in a mere 57 seconds (that's almost 10 meters a second). In typical Dubai style you can expect unparalleled views and famed designer, Adam Tihany to turn on a show of opulent splendour with a spacious main dining floor with a seating capacity of 135 and a private area for 35. As expected this experience won't come cheap with starters ranging from $30 AUD to $99 AUD, while mains run from $49.50 AUD to $162.40 AUD. Diners will be charged a minimum spend of $124 AUD per person in the restaurant, and $55 AUD in the lounge. So what can you purchase for this price? Some of the world's finest ingredients:

  • Chestnut and Pheasant soup
  • New Zealand Pan-Seared Scallops with Ricotta Dumplings
  • Beef Short Ribs
  • Free-Range Australian Salt Bush Lamb
  • Grilled Maine Lobster
  • Pear Compote

To mark the opening of the restaurant, 442 golden coloured balloons were released - some of them bearing dinner vouchers. So keep an eye on the skies Earthlings, maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones. However for the realists amongst us here are some images I've come across:

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