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Aprons & Hammers
Nominated for Best Seafood
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This restaurant on a traditional Arabic dhow has oodles of character and charm, plus a good menu to boot. A walk down the length of the pier at Dubai International Marine Club brings you to the large vessel, where diners can choose to sit on the open-air upper deck or down below inside. The interior of the lower deck has a charming nautical theme, and the large group table at the end of the restaurant is perfect for special occasions. This is undoubtedly a fun restaurant; each table is provided with all the tools required to prise every piece of meat out of the delicious signature crabs. Thankfully, they also provide an apron for this messy task. Portion sizes are very generous, with the fish and crab well-marinated and served in rustic bowls. This is a great spot with a unique location for a finger-licking good meal.
Open daily 12.30pm-midnight. Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Al Sufouh Road, (04 454 7093). Other locations: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 363 6552), The Beach at JBR, Dubai Marina (04 456 7888).

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