Sponsored: Armani/Kaf opens up a new era of culinary discovery for hotel guests and international travellers looking to enjoy international kosher cuisine.
Housed inside the world’s tallest building, the ultra-luxurious Armani Hotel Dubai boasts a stunning spa and numerous dining establishments, but did you know that this downtown address is also home to the UAE’S first dedicated kosher restaurant?
Armani/Kaf is situated on the hotel’s ground floor and accessed via a shining glass elevator. Descending into the lower levels of arguably one of the world’s most iconic architectural marvels fills us with excitement and awe. We’re greeted by a smiling hostess and glass display counters showcasing various mezze, salads and desserts.
The dining room is chic and understated, offering a monochromatic colour scheme perfectly in keeping with a property that brings designer Giorgio Armani’s style to life. We take a seat close to the glass windows, looking out over Burj Lake and the downtown skyline, just as the Dubai Fountains begin to dance. Talk about front row seats to an unforgettable dinner and show experience.
Armani/Kaf represents the UAE’s first fully kosher five-star dining experience and builds on the success of a 2020 pop-up. Now a fully-fledged dinner experience, Armani/Kaf takes over the high-footfall location previously occupied by Armani/Deli.
At the helm of Armani Hotel Dubai’s new culinary offering is Executive Chef Fabien Fayolle, who has designed a seasonal menu that offers a gourmet take on kosher cuisine, honouring signature Armani dishes with flavours and preparations from Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
The menu offers a dazzling array of appetisers, salads and soups, including hummus with tahina (AED 50), classic bolognaise arancini (AED 65), tuna niçoise (AED 85) and fish minestrone (AED 80). We’re impressed by the duo salmon platter (AED 110), offering a generous portion of both smoked salmon and salmon tartare with capers, shallots and Mesclun salad. The presentation is stylish, the seafood is decadent and the dish works as the perfect pre-cursor for the meal that is about to unfold.
Main courses cover a range of dishes collected from across Armani Hotel Dubai’s award-winning dining destinations. So, whether you want the Armani/Amal signature Balti Murgh spicy chicken curry (AED 130), beef Bourguignon (AED 170) or are craving a tasty chicken burger (AED 180), the eclectic menu offers something for everyone.
Armani/Kaf’s menu is fully compliant with Jewish dietary laws (kashrut). It operates under Rabbi Levi Y Duchman, Rabbi of the UAE, who has certified the venue with Glatt Kosher and Pas Yisroel certifications from Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification (EAKC), the only UAE based kosher certifier.
We finish our meal with The Sfera (AED 79), a light dessert that we thoroughly enjoyed on a recent visit to Armani/Ristorante. An Insta-worthy sphere topped with gold leaf and filled with vanilla foam, Violette crème brûlée, lemon crumble and alluring cassis sorbet. The fresh fig tart is another fantastic option, adorned with gold and marking a decadent finale to a memorable meal beside the Dubai Fountains.
Taking inspiration from Milan, the spiritual home of the afternoon aperitivo, Armani/Kaf adds an international flavour with the launch of its L’chaim To Aperitivo Hour. The promotion offers a tempting kosher menu of Italy-meets-Middle Eastern light bites paired with signature drinks that are ideal for catching up with friends or for a relaxed post-business meeting. AED159 per person or AED299 per couple, including two house beverages.
Armani/Kaf is open Sunday to Thursday, from 6:30pm to 11.30pm. Armani/Kaf will be closed for dine-in guests on Fridays and Saturdays but will offer a special takeaway menu for Shabbat, for guests to enjoy in the comfort of their private space.