Anytime you have to remind potential guests that there's a dress code, that means your reputation is not up to your own standards. That should be a hint that you're doing something wrong. Anyway....
Had dinner here. Requested a table overlooking the Dubai fountain (shows every 30 minutes starting at 6pm). Arrived on time and was ushered by one of three model-type hostesses waiting behind the velvet rope (really?) to the terrace, where they seated me in front of a wall.
Even though there were at least three empty tables with a view of the fountain, they refused to reseat me, claiming the tables were "reserved". Funny thing is, one of the tables remained empty the entire time I was there, and the other two were empty for the first 45 minutes. Funny because they told me when I checked in that I had to vacate my view of the wall in two hours. (It never got full...).
Food was average for the price. Lapsang souchong-smoked salmon with cherries was a brave move, but they pulled it off. Drinks were overpriced, but I guess that's to be expected. Service was nothing exceptional at all - in fact, it was a tad below average. There was an air of arrogance about the entire staff.
The inside of the restaurant is done in red and has a "Too cool for you" vibe. Not really welcoming, but if you're a movie star, a model, or a millionaire, I guess you might like it. Definitely "see and be seen" - again, good for throwing money away, not so good for a stellar dining experience.
All in all, I'd rate this a definite "pass". For views of the Dubai fountain on the cheap, have dinner at the fish restaurant downstairs (forget the name). It's easily 1/4 the price - no alcohol, though - but the food's good and the service marginally better.
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