Chit-chat with Maxime
Embark on a culinary adventure curated by Maxime Salembie, the Associate Director of Food and Beverage at the renowned Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, where each dining experience promises to be an exquisite exploration of flavours, artistry, and exceptional service.
Hailing from France, Maxime's love affair with food began at a tender age of 14 when he assisted his father at their family-owned brasserie near Paris. His passion for gastronomy propelled him to new heights, and he joined Jumeirah in December 2020 as the General Manager of Al Muntaha, located within the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Maxime's journey with Burj Al Arab Jumeirah started during the challenging pandemic times in 2020. He was entrusted with the task of overseeing the reopening of Al Muntaha, with a specific focus on securing accolades such as Gault Millau and Michelin. Together with award-winning Chef Saverio, Maxime successfully positioned Al Muntaha as a premier fine dining destination in Dubai. This accomplishment was recognised with the restaurant being awarded a prestigious Michelin star, a testament to Maxime's exemplary leadership. Subsequently, he was promoted to the role of Associate Director of Food and Beverage.
Join Maxime as he takes you on an exquisite culinary journey through Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
What should be guest’s first bite in Burj Al Arab Jumeirah?
Start your day with an idyllic morning at the Bab Al Yam terrace. Take in the serene ambiance and breathtaking views while indulging in the delectable creations of Executive Pastry Chef Tom Coll. His pastry display is a sight to behold, reminiscent of an upscale French bakery. Savour the finest selection of bread, pastries, and viennoiseries, meticulously crafted with top-quality ingredients. For a taste of the Middle East, we highly recommend the beef or vegetarian shakshuka as part of your breakfast experience.
What is a perfect lunch spot in Burj Al Arab Jumeirah?
I recommend our guests to immerse in the awe-inspiring 360-degree vistas at Al Muntaha. This extraordinary venue offers a gastronomic delight with its menu curated by Michelin-starred Chef Saverio Sbaragali. Indulge in signature dishes while taking in the breathtaking surroundings. And don't forget to explore the extensive cheese selection, featuring over 30 varieties and ranking as the largest in Dubai.
What is your sundowner of choice?
As the sun begins to set, make your way to Sal for a truly magical experience. Delight in sunset drinks and tapas, accompanied by a glass of wine or one of our exquisite signature cocktails. The Clear Colada comes highly recommended and perfectly complements the breathtaking views.
How should we wrap up the day of culinary experiences in Burj Al Arab Jumeirah?
For an unforgettable dinner, immerse yourself in the Italian Seafood Experience at Ristorante L'Olivo in Al Mahara. Chef Andrea Migliaccio, renowned for his mastery at Capri's two Michelin-starred Ristorante L’Olivo, presents an extraordinary dining experience. Be sure to indulge in the Tagliolini al Limone, a culinary masterpiece comprising red prawns, burrata cheese, oyster leaf, and glassworth.
As the night unfolds, wind down your day at Gilt, a contemporary cocktail bar offering an intimate ambiance and DJ entertainment. Savour one of our signature cocktails, such as the captivating "Smoky Milk," and pair it with a fine cigar to complete your evening.