Tucked away in Al Seef – an area rich in historical sites on the banks of Dubai Creek, you will find an authentic Singaporean experience at Kim’s Singapore Seafood. The old rustic vibes of the area are juxtaposed with the bright, colourful space, which is decorated with punchy Singaporean posters and artwork – transporting you to the island city-state. There’s an outdoor terrace with views overlooking Dubai’s cultural district, and as soon as you enter you are welcomed by the inviting bar, which features pretty hanging lights. Kim’s is an iconic name in Singapore. Mention him to any foodie worth their salt (or should we say, sambal) and they will likely remember “the legendary ‘Hokkien Mee Master’ Tan Kue Kim” with great fondness.
Here in the Dubai outpost, the kitchen team is almost exclusively Singaporean and the menu features an enticing array of appetisers, shell fish, soups, seafood, beef, chicken and vegetarian options, noodles and rice dishes and desserts – which the friendly team are all too happy to guide you through.
The Huntr visited for a weekend dinner and tried the Golden Pumpkin Soup with Prawn and Crab Meat (40AED), which is thick and tasty, with a sweet, rich flavour. Don’t miss it. We also ordered the Salted Egg Prawns (85AED) – deep fried prawns coated with Kim’s special salted egg yolk sauce, curry leaves and a pinch of chilli padi. The dish features a generous portion of moreish and tender prawns and was another firm favourite. Lastly, before heading on to the main event, we shared the Hot Plate Oyster Omelette (70AED), a pan-fried oyster omelette with dried chilli shrimps, served on a sizzling hot plate. Onto the mains, and we loved the BBQ Sambal Sea Bass (165AED), which is comprised of a whole sea bass fish served on a hot plate and topped with Kim’s BBQ Sambal chilli. Kim’s Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (75AED) – Kim’s award-winning signature dish, fried with yellow noodles, thick bee hoon, egg, beansprouts, prawn, squid, lots of garlic and stewed with rich prawn stock – was a little bland before we used the side serving of sambal to add more saltiness and spice, but was delicious after we did.
Never ones to turn away the dessert menu, we ordered the Lemongrass with Lemon Sorbet (55AED), which is a refreshing mixture of lemongrass jelly and lemon sorbet. Drinks-wise, there are plenty of options available (including a huge range of cocktails, once the alcohol license is in place).
Insider tip: When The Huntr visited Kim’s Singapore Seafood Dubai it was still waiting for its alcohol license – this should be activated soon. Contact the restaurant directly for up-to-date information.