Food & Wine

Sky High Tea at the Burj Al Arab Hotel

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I wasn’t in Dubai very long, but there was one thing I made time for — afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab hotel. I booked more than an month in advance, but it turns out you can usually get a reservation with just one or two days notice. Their email reservations team is very responsive.

Be sure to print out your reservation as you’ll need to show it to gain entry onto the hotel grounds. When we pulled up the entrance was quite busy, but we had no problem finding a bellhop to help us store our luggage during tea (we were transitioning hotels).

This also gave us time to look at the fancy cars I’d heard so much about. Burj Al Arab hotel rollsAnd we were a little early which gave us time to check out the lobby.

Burj Al Arab hotel lobby fountains

You can pick from 3 afternoon tea options, but for me there was only one — Sky Tea at the Skyview Bar 56 stories up.

To get to the Skyview Bar you want to go up the escalators in the lobby.

Burj Al Arab hotel lobby escalator

Past the fountain.

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar level 2 fountain

All the way to the back. Check in as soon as you can, even if you have time to kill.

Burj Al Arab hotel skyview bar check in desk

They will seat you in order of check in, so once you have you can go back out and look at the lobby if you have time. We thought 15 minutes was too early to line up, but we should have gone straight back to let them know we had arrived.

Burj Al Arab hotel Skyview Bar elevator

elevator doors

A few minutes before the 1PM seating they started calling people to take the ear popping elevator ride up.

Burj Al Arab hotel Skyview Bar entrance

We were lucky and though about 5 couples were in front of us, my friend and I got the last table where both of us could have a front row view. 🙂 Burj Al Arab hotel Skyview Bar side view

 

Actually there were 6 couples but the guy didn’t have a collared shirt so we sat before them while that go sorted out. If you don’t get one of the 6 or so tables on the side then at least one person in the party is going to have to face inward.

 

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar seatingAnd you know when they offer rock crystal sugar stirrers, it’s probably going to be fun! 🙂

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar rock candy stirrers

A waiter came over immediately with dates and glasses for our Roderer Estate sparkling wine. There was the option to upgrade to a glass of Dom Perignon 2004 for AED 260 (~$71) but that was a little too extravagant.

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar roderer

Refreshing towels followed soon after and our waiter apprised us of what was on the menu for tea that day.

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar towels

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar Keri champagne

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar menu

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar menu 2

First up was a strawberry vanilla parfaitish thing with a white chocolate topper.

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar white chocolate petit pot

Next was the special of the day, a duck confit pastry with ceps and foie gras drizzled with cranberry sauce.

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar duck confit pie

And then the tower of finger sandwiches (shaped like the Burj al Arab) with a plate for each person.

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar finger sandwiches

There was a curry chicken, a tuna on berry bread, a roast beef, a smoked salmon, and a cucumber and cream cheese. I really liked the chicken, the others were so so though the bread was good. And they were also unlimited, with servers coming around to serve you more of anything you might like. I played it safe and didn’t even finish my initial serving.

 

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar finger sandwich variety

After the duck confit it was time to order tea which arrived after the sandwiches. There was a lovely list to choose from. I went with Darjeeling 2nd Flush for the first pot, Ceylon and Rose for the second. First time trying either and it was fantastic!

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar tea menu

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar tea menu 2

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar tea w view

Then a palate cleanser of lychee and rose sorbet topped with a sugar coated rose petal. Yum!

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar lychee rose sorbet

And then it was time for the scones and pastries. An overwhelming large selection! At this point you could also order other complimentary non alcholic beverages — fresh squeezed juices and sodas.

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar tower

Homemade scones with Devonshire clotted cream, and a selection of jams — passion fruit, strawberry & rose and raspberry.Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar scones

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar jams

On the lower level there were little camel’s milk creme brulee, fanstastic carrot cake, a fruitcake, and something else we had no room to try.

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar creme brulee

And in the middle, a plate of 4 mini pastries. An apricot puff pastry, a peanut butter chocoate piece, a white chocolate cheese cake, and another chocolate dessert.Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar patisseries

It was alot of fun, but waaaay too much food. But the show wasn’t over yet.

They brought us a souvenir to take home — a Burj al Arab pen and some chocolates.

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar sweet treat

And I got one of the famous cappuccinos sprinkled with gold dust.

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar gold dust cappuccino

Though I had been warned about the Burj Al Arab’s opulence, I wasn’t prepared for the funky decor of the restaurant which featured a computer memory board design, complete with flashing lights. So of course I had to stop for a picture in the lighted tunnel.

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar hallway

Burj Al Arab afternoon tea Skyview Bar bathroom

fancy women’s restroom

So should you spend the AED 620 (~$170) per person for tea at the Skyview Bar? If you’re really into afternoon tea and you love a good view, then yes. It’s worth doing once, but I probably don’t need to do it again.

If you’re not really a fancy tea person, there are other ways to enjoy the view, including grabbing drinks in the evening.

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Flying in the First Apartment on the Inaugural Etihad A380 JFK to Abu Dhabi
Thanksgiving Dinner 40,000 Feet Above the Atlantic
First Impressions of Dubai in Pictures
Sunset Camel Treks & Champagne Toasts
Riding Arabians and Dune Bashing in the Desert

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