Burj Al Arab : Why I Paid $130 For Afternoon Tea

There’s one 7 star hotel in the world. The Burj Al Arab in Dubai is a symbol of the excess and reach of the Emirates. It’s built on its own man-made island and a night in the hotel costs over $1500. You can’t even stop in for a quick peek…unless you have a reservation to eat there.

Words By : Shalini Aiyer
ELITE Magazine India

You can go all out with the Culinary Flight and eat a course at each of the 5 restaurants in the hotel. Lunch will run about $220 per person and dinner will cost $280. The cheapest option is to do the Ultimate Afternoon Tea at the Sahn Eddar restaurant for about $130 when all is said and done. The question is whether it is worth it? Here’s my review.

Sahn Eddar’s Ultimate Afternoon Tea

Let’s begin. 7 courses. Louis Roederer champagne. A ridiculously long tea list. I’ll start out of order for the sake of keeping it fun. With your choice of team, you get a beautiful plate of finger sandwiches. Caviar, smoked salmon and quail eggs. These things almost looked too pretty to eat.

Roast Lamb. Simple. Moist.

Sherbet with a freeze dried rose petal. Palate cleanser. Nice and tart

Scones with English clotted cream and an assortment of preserves.

An assortment of deserts to choose from. I chose them all. Cause why not.

Fruit tart. Mmm.

So there you have it. Was it worth it? That depends on what kind of disposable income you have. Delicious food, flawless table setting and pinpoint service. It’s more than what a normal person would pay for an afternoon tea. But it’s also one of those things you do to do. When in Rome, as they say. I probably go for a proper dinner. But then again how often will I be dining in a 7 star hotel where I can use Hermes toilet paper ?

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