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Bu Qtair, Umm Suqeim
Highly Commended for Best Seafood
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Bu Qtair is the small Portacabin with the big reputation. This Dubai institution serves simple seafood dishes that have attracted interest not only from Dubai residents and visiting tourists, but celebrity chefs as well. You’ll find it a stone’s throw from the beach overlooking the Burj Al Arab. There are no airs and graces here. You order your fish at the counter from what’s available on the day, pointing to whatever size of catch you desire, with prawns available, too, and everything in a spicy, curried marinade. You then dine sitting at one of the several battered old plastic tables outside. So what makes it special? It’s extremely wallet friendly, the fish is beautifully cooked and the service is quirky and friendly. Bu Qtair should be on everyone’s Dubai bucket list and still serves some of the best fish in the emirate. Note that there are no fixed prices, you pay by the weight and we can’t say whether the rate is the same for every customer.
Cash only. Open daily 10.30am-3pm, 6.30pm-midnight. Road 4d, Umm Suqeim (055 705 2130).

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