Say hello to what is quite possibly Festival City’s prettiest and most elegant restaurant – The Fish House Dubai, and join The Huntr as we present an exclusive look around and our full review…
Opened in the spring of 2018 and built around a mixture of copper, white, blue, yellow and wooden elements, The Fish House is a spacious and beautiful new addition to the Dubai dining scene. Portraits of Emirati fishermen pepper the walls and they’re not just for decoration – the majority of the catch at The Fish House is caught from the UAE. Now that’s fresh seafood…
A gorgeous open kitchen means that you can watch the team preparing your dish live (after you’ve hand-selected it from the open display bar), and there’s also a beautiful terrace facing the Dubai Festival City Promenade where you can catch the impressive fire and water show after the sun sets. Making this an ideal spot to take visitors or someone you want to impress.
To start, The Huntr tried the complimentary starter – whitebait fried with tahini remoulade. Next, we settled on the Hot & Cold Tower (595AED), which is good for 2 people. It features poached lobster, jumbo shrimp cocktail, tomato and pomegranate oysters, charcoal grilled octopus, chickpea batter shrimp, grilled king crab legs, scallops and Chermoula and Marie Rose sauce. Although pricey, we highly recommend this –its a generous serving and the seafood is fresh, tender and super delicious. The grilled octopus, huge jumbo shrimp, scallops and oysters were our favourites.
For the main event we ordered the ‘Personalised Fish’, which comes with a choice of two sides and sauces. Diners are invited to go up to the fish counter and select their catch of the day and the prices are based on weight. We opted for a small seabass, which was butterflied and charcoal grilled to perfection. You can also have your catch oven baked, breaded, chickpea battered or Asian steamed. From the sauces menu, we opted for the Salsa (mango, jalapeno, green onion and tomatillo), which was totally divine, and the Verde (salsa, coriander, lime juice). Others on the menu include Chermoula, Tahini, Cumin, Harra and Haydari. For the sides, we selected roasted root vegetables (which were super yummy and roasted in nutmeg, chili and cinnamon) and the green beans with hazelnuts – also a taste sensation. The other options include shiraz salad, saffron rice, harrisa and spring onion potato salad, sweet potato fries, and fried potatoes.
Drinks-wise, The Fish House is licensed and offers a variety of drinks from mocktails, cocktails, juices, coffees, teas, wines, beers and spirits. We sampled a delicious cocktail called Dust of the Black Pearl (110AED), which contains quid ink, a rum base and citrus. And a mocktail called Colada Verde – this was truly amazing and comprised of avocado and citrus flavours, it was super refreshing and not too sweet. Try it!
Insider tip: If the weather permits, sit outside and enjoy the incredible views. If you book for dinner you can also catch the Festival City water and fire show from the restaurant’s terrace.