Inspired by the beauty of nature this glass walled venue is a beautiful example of how design can make or break the atmosphere. From the polished concrete floors to the stunning geometric wooden facade that rises and falls around the interior wall of the restaurant 7Elephants is a literal breath of fresh air in the Financial District.
Seamlessly blurring the lines between inside and outside the bar commands a breathtaking view of the famed Burj Khalifa from the lounge, where plush white sofas dominate the area surrounded by lush green foliage; the stunning raw palette of blonde wood, canvas, concrete and clean white furnishings gives 7Elephants a distinct personality. The myriad of seating configurations scattered throughout the breathtaking venue cater for every size of party, and the billowing spot lights dotted around the space nurture a consistent warming amber glow.
In the kitchen the chefs cook up a delicious and eclectic blend of seven cuisines from around the world; diners can choose from sharing plates from the likes of India, Britain, Mexico, Italy, Bali, The Middle East and Spain that arrive at the table tapas style.
The Mexican platter pulls no punches, and includes delightful shrimp tacos, creamy chicken quesadillas, punchy chicken wings and the most delightful hearty beef chilli made of the tender slow cooked cuts steeped in a mouthwatering sauce and packed with beans; each bite was bursting with flavour; then, traveling to India, the light fluffy parathas filled with melt in your mouth lamb morsels are the star of this South East Asian platter hands down, while a trip to the Middle East features classics like shish tawook, fried kibbeh and of course hummus and fresh baked bread – though, take note, this rendition of the much loved chickpea dip does pack a lemony punch some may not appreciate. Our journey around the world ended with the Spanish platter; a tray of classic tapas offerings – count, crispy calamari, spicy olives marinated in house in chilli and olive oil, succulent prawns and delightful cuts of cured meat.
Delving into the Italian menu, it may offer nothing dazzlingly gourmet – but it doesn’t need to…the simple crisp and fresh pizzas come in two sizes, six and 24 inch and in only a handful of flavours, some of which venture beyond tried and tested territory including the tantalising truffled pepperoni complete with peppery arugula – the chefs have chosen well offering a little something to suit every taste and turned the humble pizza into a sharing experience to please even the most highbrow connoisseur.
Moving slightly further West still the British menu offers some interesting takes on the cuisine, most notably the slider trio – despite the burger being a quintessentially American dish (and with one of the trio being topped with coleslaw, pickles and cheese there is no getting away from the red, white and blue influence) these burgers should not be missed. What they may lack in size they more than make up for in flavour, boasting succulent, perfectly seasoned patties, delightfully light bread and carefully paired toppings. Don’t miss out on the cranberry and brie, it is nothing short of delicious.
Sticking with the seven theme the bartenders have devised a menu of seven stunning signature cocktails that will have you partying into the wee hours, with jugs to share and carefully measured and poured individual concoctions be sure to try every one. From the refreshing blend of raspberries, gin and rosemary to the punchier Middle Eastern take on the Old Fashioned each cocktail has been carefully crafted to taste amazing (dangerously so as some of them are pretty potent and will leave you will a pretty sore head the next day).
I can say, after we sampled a good few of the cocktails around the table, the general consensus was that the Indian Chai and the Spicy Devil were the two best tipples – hands down.
The bar works on a stock exchange system with liquor prices fluctuating based on the demand, which can be viewed on screens behind the bar or the 7Elephants iPhone app (unfortunately Android users are going to have to wait a little while before their app is ready).
If you feel like playing the markets, enjoying some delicious bites and listening to some laid back music after work, 7Elephants is your new go to spot in DIFC.
This is a sponsored post. I was compensated, but all opinions are my own.