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Al Mahara, Dubai

Burj Al Arab
Jumeirah Beach Road
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4301 7600's insider take:

Eating at the flagship seafood restaurant in what is still the most opulent hotel in the city is as much about the experience as it is about the cuisine. An elevator gussied up to look like a submarine takes you down to the "underwater" dining room, where tropical fish ogle diners from the massive tanks that line the walls. Yes, it's tacky, but it's kind of fun, too, and there's plenty of opportunities for people-watching: sheikhs, expense-account power brokers, and rich tourists partaking of multiple courses of vastly overpriced (approximately $250 per person) piscatorial delights such as Omani lobster and tuna carpaccio drizzled with truffle oil. Portions are large, given the number of courses, so come famished.

Open daily 12:30 to 3 pm and 7 pm to midnight.

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