Been there, done it all, seen everything and not impressed? Well even the most jaded Dubai resident will get a jolt of excitement from the moment they are whisked up in the glass elevator to the 54th floor where Ce La Vi Dubai’s dining experience awaits.
A seriously dressed up crowd sets the tone; you realise this is where those in the know mark special occasions. This is why their iftar, at a very palatable price of Dhs250 per person, is the perfect excuse to indulge without needing an additional celebratory reason.
The most sought after tables are on the terrace, with sweeping views of the city skyline. The twinkling lights of Downtown Dubai are utterly entrancing and you’ll find it a struggle to maintain conversation while you’re captivated by the scene below.
Luckily the food is a welcome distraction. As the sunsets on the horizon, plates begin to arrive. You know a kitchen is top notch when they pay attention to detail, and in this case the freshly baked warm bread brought to the table kicks off proceedings with aplomb. Infused with seaweed, it delivers an umami-hit, especially when paired with the maple syrup and sea salt topped European butter. You also get a rich pistachio-topped labneh and spiced hummus along with dates to break your fast.
Starters are fresh, flavoursome and a medley of tastes and textures. Winter squash soup pops with pomegranate, a baby gem lettuce salad is paired with an Asian sesame dressing, plus there is crispy calamari and a creamy Burrata salad to complete the selection. Each diner also gets their own individual, but very generous, portions – perfect for Covid times when sharing can prove tricky.
Mains are also impressive; grilled chicken comes with a moreish satay sauce and coconut rice, while the meltingly tender black cod sits atop creamed corn. Round it all off with a beautifully presented fruit salad, though you’ll be hard pressed to manage another mouthful after this feast.
If you’re looking for a truly decadent culinary experience that makes you fall in love with your city again, Ce La Vi is just the ticket.
The Ce La Vi iftar is priced at Dhs250 per person, or at Dhs350 if you include shisha on the pool deck, including water, tea and coffee. It is on from sunset till 8pm during Ramadan.
Find Ce La Vi at the 54th floor, Address Sky View Hotel, Downtown Dubai, UAE. Book Now