The city’s latest seafood spot is located at Emirates Financial Towers in DIFC. Once inside, you need to use two different lifts to reach this gorgeous new gem, but it is well worth it. As soon as you enter Crab Market Dubai you are greeted by the expansive open kitchen, there’s a seafood display and the chef and team are busy preparing dishes. It literally feels like a ‘crab market’, albeit a slightly elevated, fancy one. On the short walk over to our table, we spotted various aquariums – proving that this is fresh seafood. There’s also a beautiful wine cellar and a bar/lounge area on the right-hand side overlooking Dubai’s bustling financial district. The restaurant is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass, which makes for amazing views of the Downtown skyline – including the iconic Burj Khalifa.
The entire menu here was designed by one of the best up-and-coming Russian chef’s Vladimir Mukhin, who is somewhat of an icon in his home country. As you might have guessed from the restaurant’s name, crab features heavily in the dishes on offer, but there are also oysters, vegetable-based dishes, scallops, langoustines, octopus, tuna, cod, sea bass, pasta dishes and more.
To kickstart our culinary journey, we cleansed our palates with two juicy cubes of watermelon. The Lobster Laksa (70AED) followed and features freshly-caught lobster in a mild spicy laksa and creamy coconut soup. Next came the Carpaccio (65AED) of cauliflower, parmesan and truffle. A must-order for truffle lovers. The Classic Tartare (185AED) followed, this sampler includes four different types of tartares – the Scallop & Papaya, Tuna & Avocado, Salmon & Mango and the Langoustine & Pomelo. We found each to be delicious, and this is easily one of the best tartare spots in the city.
From the mains, we felt it would be rude to not sample some crab and went with the Live Kamchatka Crab (65AED per 100grams). You can select your cooking method between steamed and grilled (we went with steamed) and then choose your sauce (we selected the black pepper). The crab was perfectly cooked, meaty, sweet and addictive. We also ordered the Spaghetti alle Vongole with Parsley & Bottarga (105AED), a delightful pasta dish cooked with olive oil, garlic, clams, clam juice and white wine. Perfection, don’t miss it.
From the desserts menu, we opted for the Chocolate Mousse with Hazelnut (50AED) and the Tea Candy Sea Buckthorn (18AED) – the latter of which is especially notable, one bite and the candy explodes with liquid from the inside. A must-try.
Drinks-wise, Crab Market is licensed and offers a wide selection of beverages, we ordered the Cucumber and Lychee Cooler cocktail (50AED), and the Tiki Sour (55AED), which is comprised of cinnamon, bourbon, apricot brandy, fresh lemon and egg white.
The service was exemplary. There’s a member of staff on the ground floor to lead you up to the restaurant, and the server that looked after us was knowledgeable, passionate and talked us through the menu, the ingredients and process.