(The restaurant revolves slowly, in a manner that will not make you dizzy. You enjoy the sumptuous meal while your eyes are fed at the same time through the panoramic and per minute changing view of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. And yes, the Norah Jones-like charming lady sings Don’t Know Why, I’ll Be Watching You, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and other renditions that will make your stay more worthwhile.)
Since the first year I have been miles away, I have learned to celebrate my birthday with people back home simultaneously (i.e. we munch on pancit or anything that symbolizes long life and other comfort food). On the other hand, my friends-colleagues and I in this part of the globe do a sort of thanksgiving for the added year that we have wisen up. I must say that we are intentionally mindful of each other’s birthday and other occasions because these are the perfect chance for us to get together, to withdraw from the inherent monotony (we all have that eh?). We have tried something very different from last year, plus that I had a joint celebration with a colleague.
(Left to right: The hummus-like tomato dip, scallops carpaccio with lime vinaigrette, foie gras, and langoustine lobster ravioli)
We are most of the time loud when we go out as a group. Hence, when the Reservation Manager told me that the place is intentionally set as romantic such that unnecessary noise is discouraged (take note that kids are not allowed during dinner), I had to ask and warn her, at least twice, that we will be loud definitely. That night, a long table was arranged for us, in contrast to the couple table set-up. Also, ours was strategically located with ample distance to the others.
(Clockwise: Lobster and bisque scented with vanilla, grean peas and asparagus, angus sirloin steak topped with beef marrow fried shallot and panisse, roasted turbot with baby leeks, tomatoes, capers and lemon peel, veal rack steak, eggplant puree and green apple sauce.)
Our conversation triggers ranged from mundane to out of the world topics. A classic and tested formula that is hard to beat: random talks over good food and good company go on and on that you forget the time. From the minute we stepped in, until I appreciated foie gras (duck liver) and lobster (funnily coined by one of our colleagues as “love-ster”; seriously, all the dishes were worth the price) so much, to the point that my fellow celebrant and I blew our birthday cake, it actually took two hours for the restaurant to complete the 360 degrees turn.
(The birthday cake. Whoever did the inscription had mistaken me as a man, and referred to me as “Mr. Jo”. Ha ha ha. On the fourth frame is my fellow celebrant with his cheerful wife.)
There is a small funny story about the birthday cake. As one of the restaurant’s policies, cakes not sourced from them are discouraged. Otherwise, an indemnity form shall be signed by the guest to mitigate the risks that might emanate from the cake which is not “homegrown” (well, that is how I wanted to call it). “But I want to bake my own birthday cake and bring it to dinner!”, of course, I just had to throw a joke to the Reservation Manager. But she took it seriously and gave me a lengthy explanation (over the telephone) with her French-Italian accent. Anyway, the (white forest) birthday cake was beautifully and deliciously done. I currently do not have the capacity to do that (winks). The pianist played the birthday song as the staff approached our table to give the cake. The entry was too cute as there were three sparkling candles on it which made the slightly lit area more dramatic.. err, romantic. From that minute until the “express your wish” part, I felt the camera flash and continuous video recording. Thank you for the coverage, friends. Ha ha ha.
[Clockwise: The revolving restaurant on the most upper floor of Le Royal Meridien Hotel, a replica of an Emirati boy displayed infront of the hotel’s souvenir shop, artificial ice cubes in the lobby (probably to reverse psyche the summer’s heat?), and the area dedicated to us, standing is a friend who religiously took videos (thank you!)].
Celebrations do not have to be fancy. Whether we are munching anything over the grass, gracing a picnic, doing a bowling party, and the like, togetherness is what matters a lot. The fact that there is a restaurant which revolves, is just the icing on the cake. 🙂
Al Fanar Revolving Restaurant is in Le Royal Meridien Hotel, Khalifa Street, Abu Dhabi
Landline: +971 2 6950490 [Open Friday-Wednesday 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM; Thursday 7:00 PM to midnight]
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Kakagutom Mr. Jo haha. Even if I didn’t get a glimpse of you, just by reading this I knew you were ubeeerly happy. Stay that way!
parang when you bring your own bottle of wine they charge you corkage fee. wala bang extra fee for bringing your own cake?
these dishes looks sumptuous miss jo. ang galing naman ng celebration.
hi Mr. Jo :). sounds like a great get together. love the food photos.
Beautiful place and wonderful food shared with friends is just perfect 🙂 Happy Birthday again!
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i’ve always wondered how it would be like to eat in a revolving restaurant….with its great views.
why would they have mistaken you as a man hahahaha. wow sarap ng pagkain nyo 🙂
True to what you have said, it’s not the food, restaurant that makes your birthday or any other celebration perfect. It’s being together with the persons you love most and loves you too 🙂
Glad to know you had a smashing time on your birthday celebration dinner 🙂 You got me salivating at your menu. The scallops carpaccio with lime vinaigrette is just my thing!
what a way to celebrate a birthday. stunning night view of the city. more bdays to come wits.
Mr. Jo!!! Hahaha!! Just had my dinner pero nagutom pa rin ako sa mga pictures mo! 🙂
June (An Asian Traveler)
great food, great ambiance what a perfect birthday celebration. belated happy birthday.
shusyalen ang mga food..:) yummy!
gusto ko din ng ganyang togetherness! high end! ?
Hope I could experience such too.
wiping my drool first… LOL sarap naman ng birthday mo Mr.Jo! LOL but a cake is a cake right? happy birthday again =)
nagutom ako! the sets look really delicious!
it’s cruel but i love foie gras =)
i’m a huge, huge fan of Norah Jones. And to have somebody perform her songs while dining would be most romantic. hope Hubby brings us here lolzzz!!
thought that was the real Norah Jones 😉
Man, the Emirates has become one heck of a place to live nowadays ( if you got the moolah). It’s awesome. I’d like to pass by Dubai enroute to Manila one day 🙂