Chillin Out in Dubai Thomas Frey

 “The glass was even colder than I expected”

Thomas Frey: Dubai is known for its strange and unusual features, but there’s something extraordinarily mesmerizing about seeing a restaurant made out of ice in the middle of a hot desert. The Chill Out restaurant is located in the center of the Time Square Mall in Dubai. Nearly everything inside is made out of ice, and the food is amazingly good. (Pics)

 

 

 Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

The sign at the front entrance doesn’t quite prepare you for what’s inside. They charge an entrance fee of 60 DHS ($17) to enter the restaurant.

 

 

 Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

First stop, the wardrobe closet to get a nice comfortable coat and a pair of gloves. The oh-so-sexy hat was the other must have fashion accessory of this chilling event. Since I was on the early side of lunch time, I ended up being their only customer.

 

 

Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

The restaurant has a nice sparkle to it with lights behind all the ice tables. An ongoing background hum was emitted by the numerous compressors used to chill this crazy place.

 

 

 Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

All of the surfaces that a diner could sit or lean on are covered with white fur. The seats were quite comfortable, but for some reason customers in this environment tend to talk fast, and eat quickly.

 

 

 Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

I talked briefly to Tatiyana, my waitress and asked her if it was hard working in the cold temps of this freezer restaurant. She said she was from Russia, and loved to feel the cold air when she worked. Importing your help from Russia. Brilliant!

 

 

Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

My orange juice was served in a cup made completely out of ice. Just to let you know, there are very few things more refreshing in a hot desert area than to drink juice from an ice cup like this.

 

 

 Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

Large ice chunks on strings separated the booths, giving a cave-like feel to the room.

 

 

Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

Outside of the side windows is the rest of the Time Square Mall with people walking by and waving at me. Actually, this was a bit like an ice zoo and I was on the inside of the cage.

 

 

Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

Ice sculptures added an artistic flow to the dining experience. Undeniably cold, and hard, but somehow it softened the starkness of being in a freezer.

 

 

Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

When my kabobs came out, they were sizzling over a flaming grill. Sensational flavor and pleasantly contradictory biting into sizzling hot food in the literally ice cold room.

 

 

Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

The camera was already starting to ice up as Tatiyana to another shot of me. I can’t think of any other restaurant that could benefit so much from having a camera de-icer for customer use.

 

 

Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

As a way the keep the room alive and inviting, colored lighting changed from red to blue, giving a much different effect.

 

 

Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

Another shot of the crazy collection of stores outside the restaurant.

 

 

Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

Dropping off my coat, hat and gloves after having one more “sexy snapshot” taken,  I fondly said goodbye to a wonderfully cold lunch in Dubai.

 

 

Thomas Frey Chillin Out in Dubai

As I bid a final farewell I waved goodbye to the cute cardboard cutout of Tatiyana greeting potential cool customers in the mall. Until we meet again Tatiyana…

 

 

 

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