Emirates - a great way to fly
The prices we found for Emirates airlines were excellent, several hundred dollars below other quotes. The seats were very comfortable, with a 2 - 4 - 2 layout in the economy section. In flight entertainment was outstanding. Each seat is equiped with it's own screen for viewing movies, television or games. There is also a huge variety of music to chose from. Meals were actually very good, with huge portions served.
I had only two complaints.
First is that almost the entire flight from New York City to Dubai (and back) were spent with the cabin lights off. It felt like we were flying in a cave.
Second is that the weight allowance for checked bags is on 20 kgs (44 pounds)!! That's not much! Overweight charge up to 70 pounds is $25 per overweight bag.
Truly Elite dining - "oozing" pure Romance...
Licensed - serves alcoholic beverages.
The "home" of this restaurant, the One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel, isn't necessarily my favourite hotel in town. It's another overly-pretentious resort justifying its high prices not with great service, but simply with great interior design. Nevertheless, I was intrigued by the look of the Eau Zone restaurant and simply had to try it for our next anniversary dinner.
We walked across the wooden jetty to Eau Zone, candlelight reflecting off the still water on either side. This place positively oozes romance, from the hushed conversations to the mesmerizing lounge music to the flickering candles.
We had beaten the anticipated but surprisingly non-existent traffic jam and arrived early, so we settled down near the bar with some aperitifs, fantastic crab-rolls & small breads. I stuck to juice as the designated driver of the evening, and John was now enjoying his 2nd glass of Pinot Grigio. After a short wait we were guided to our table... wooden, seemingly floating decks in a crystal-blue pool of water.
As in most romantic restaurants, lighting is held very low and this can make it almost impossible to decipher the menu. But promptly with the menu cards we were given a small hand-held light.
As I was pondering the appetizer menu I felt some unwanted guests nibbling at my calves... just as I had resigned myself to being eaten alive during what was supposed to be a romantic meal for me - and not the bloodsucking insects - the smiling waiter came floating over to our table, handing me a green bottle: "Madame, some mosquito repellent for you?"
That was it; They had won us over! And so quickly! We had planned to resist this place! There are plenty of 5-star hotels with fancy restaurants in Dubai, but rarely do you have the pleasure of experiencing true 5-star SERVICE as well. The menu offers mostly International cuisine with an Asian kick, and even the simplest sounding dishes are presented with an enigmatic twist.
For starters I opted for the scallops (85 Dirhams), which were perfectly grilled & delicious. John enjoyed the Alaskan Crab spring rolls and seemed close to tears when the last one was gone. As a main course I ordered the Miso-Glazed Halibut (140 Dirhams), which simply melted on my tongue. John splashed-out & ordered the whole Lobster (230 Dirhams) which he happily munched-on. Throughout dinner service was attentive but not over-done.
I am a huge fan of fish and seafood and can honestly say that Eau Zone neither overcooked nor over spiced (both sacrileges with good seafood!) any of our dishes
Meals here are not cheap and the portions could have been slightly less "French-sized" (I mean, they were a bit small ;-) but in the end the excellent service and stunning surroundings are well worth paying for.
(did I mention that Eau Zone was voted one of the "Most Romantic Restaurants" in the 2008 TimeOutDubai Guide?)
TIP --> Eau Zone truly is a cut-above your usual Dubai eatery, so RESERVATIONS are essential.
12noon-03.30pm and 07:00pm-11.30pm daily.