I've always felt that if you do something well, why change? Why deviate from a winning recipe? That said, change is good, change is always welcome, and if change is thrust upon you, then fate is trying to tell you something. What I'm getting at is that designers, clothing designers churn out seasonal pieces that manage to wow the fashion pack and suddenly the High Street stores are full of new clothes. Great. They do it every year, but if a designer was to open a restaurant, well that's just too much surely? Why stretch a brand that already has a loyal following of customers? Like I said, change is good…
Armani Hotel and restaurant couldn't be anywhere else, but in the skyscraper that is the Burj Khalif. Not only is it the world's highest building, it's the most beautiful. A sparkling, glittering display captures spectators every night, and with aesthetics playing a large part of the appeal of the Burj, it was only natural that the Armani hotel and restaurant is housed within such a building. , it is a mark of success, synonymous with wealth, if you dine, let alone stay there.
The Armani Ristoranti is a reflection of the brand, they haven't let their standards slip and the typically chic designer style is mirrored in the aesthetically pleasing hotel and restaurant. The menu is full of traditional and exciting Italian classics, all designed by their award winning Italian chefs.
The service was grand, just grand. The sleek restaurant seemed to have sleek waiters; they were all impeccably dressed, swift with their service, and only a hint of a smile was present when they served our food. Wonderful.
I was expecting a highfalutin menu full of unpronounceable words, but no; ravioli, gnocchi and parpadelle were amongst the foie gras, rabbit, and veal. It's nice to know they cater for the less particular palette.
Considering the menu and cost of eating at Armani Ristorante you might be forgiven for thinking the atmosphere and other diners might be a little uptight. Surprisingly the restaurant is relaxed, calm and grown up.
It costs 400DHS per person - we paid 1100DHS for dinner for two people with one beer and two non-alcoholic drinks. It's definitely one to dress up for and we've all got that suit/dress we've been dying to wear, if only the occasion called for it.