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El Celler de Can Roca

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El Celler de Can Roca is a restaurant established in 1986 by the three Roca brothers: Joan, Joseph, and Jordi. When they first opened it, the restaurant was right next to the one of their parents. Later on, in 2007, the Roca brothers moved to another location – C/ de Can Sunyer, 48, Girona, Gironès – a building they designed just for the restaurant.

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This year, El Celler de Can Roca, got the second place in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”. In addition. Restaurant magazine named it to be the “best restaurant in the world” in the year 2013.

El Celler de Can Roca hold 3 Michelin stars; a European hotel and restaurant reference guide.

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For the Michelin guide to say about this restaurant that it is creative, it definitely is! First of all, El Celler de Can Roca has a cellar full of wine; more than 60,000 bottles!! The unusual presentation of dishes makes the traditional catalan cuisine look “eye catchingly” delicious.

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Three brothers have divided their responsibilities in the restaurant. The head chef is the oldest one; Joan Roca. The middle brother, Josep Roca, is the wine steward. In addition, Jordi Roca, the youngest brother, is in charge of everything that has to do with desserts.

Restaurant’s Interior Design

Carmencitta MAgazine - El Celler de Can Roca6After they moved to the new location, they designed the place to be as modern and as simple as possible. Tables, simply dressed, stand on wooden floors. On each one, the Roca brothers put 3 stones to represent each one of them. The restaurant fits 45 person and has a huge kitchen that fits for 30 chefs at the same time!

On the menu

Carmencitta MAgazine - El Celler de Can Roca 3An unusual presentation of food is always present in El Celler de Can Roca. First of all, when people arrive, the chefs give them small bites that include flavors from all over the world to give guests an idea about what they should expect. Moreover, perfumes such as Bulgari, have inspired chefs to invent some dishes.

Have a Seafood Meal in Al Mahara

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Overview

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Al Mahara is one the best seafood restaurants in the Middle East. Moreover, it is one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. Also, it is one of the must-sees of the Burj Al Arab. In Dubai, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah locates this themed restaurant.  It is well known for ‘The Oyster Shell’ in Arabic, tantalizing your palate giving an experience that will stimulate all your senses. It is not only superb seafood cooking but also decorated in a great way (Aquarium) that fits seafood restaurants.

Interior Decoration

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It is inside Dubai’s iconic 7-star hotel. In simple words, it is underwater themed restaurant. Although not actually situated under the sea, it certainly feels as if it is. The place is a large, cylindrical floor-to-ceiling aquarium, teeming with exotic fish. This acrylic glass tank holds around 990,000 liters of seawater and stands as the restaurant’s centerpiece.

The Menu

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The guests can enjoy the most succulent selection of Chinese and Western cooking style seafood. Every dish, even the bread, is like a work of sculpted art. Dover sole is delicately wrapped and the sauces are applied to the plate with flair. There is great attention to every simple detail. Actually it is not cheap, but for a one-off special occasion it is worth it. They do not serve only special seafood meals but also delicious desserts such the salted caramel mousse.

Chef Nathan Outlaw

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Al Mahara reopened a few month ago with a new look under the culinary patronage of multi award winning chef Nathan Outlaw. The famous British chef brought his style of simple, yet superb seafood cooking to the luxurious property, combining it with complex flavor blends using local, seasonal and responsibly sourced ingredients. When he asked why he chose Dubai for his first restaurant outside the UK Nathan replied: “Working with Burj Al Arab speaks for itself. It’s the most luxurious hotel in the world, and a once in a lifetime opportunity.  This is my first venture out of the UK, and what an iconic property to partner with.”

 

Chillout Ice Lounge; the first in ME

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For Dubai, it was not enough having the most expensive, and the tallest skyscraper in the world, so they decided to have the first ice lounge in the Middle East. Moreover, they wanted to show how progress can be done by building it in the middle of the desert! In this ice lounge, everything is made of ice (duh!); couches, chandeliers, and even glasses! Furthermore, the degree hits about 21 degrees Fahrenheit where the outside degree is about 95. Take a tour with us in this unusual restaurant.

Overall Information

Carmencitta Magazine - Chillout Ice Lounge. 1jpgThe Chillout Lounge first opened in 2007, and UAE’s Sharaf Group owns it. Moreover, in 2014, the restaurant had major refurbishment where they created a location that is full of ice sculptures, ice couches and tables, in addition to a unique lightening systems. All of this with a temperature of bel.ow zero!

Visitors’ Greetings

Carmencitta Magazine - Chillout Ice Lounge. 2jpgOnce a visitor arrives, he or she is given specially made clothing in order to keep them warm while they are in a minus 6 degrees place. The clothing includes: a heavy jacket, gloves made of wool, shoes and gloves made for extremely low temperatures. After that, visitors have to stay in a specially made room so that their bodies can get accustomed to the low degree, since in Dubai, the temperature is always high.

On The Inside

Carmencitta Magazine - Chillout Ice Lounge. 3jpgOnce you come in, you will find the most unique interior design. Everything is either made of glass, steel, and of course ice. Moreover, the lightening changes its colors every once in a while, based on a specially made time interval. In addition, you will feel the magic moments once the lights strike on the crystal clear ice cubes, and a very beautiful hue combines on the inside of each cube.

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The Chillout ice lounge serves hot soups, sandwiches, juices, hot chocolates, coffee, tea and a variety of deserts, mock-tails and confectionary, making it the first of its kind in the world to serve hot food & beverages.

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