Hidden away on a back street behind Al Barsha’s Novotel is this tiny restaurant. It’s hardly the most scenic area of town and you’d be unlikely to stumble across it on a stroll, but that’s where Time Out comes in – letting you know about great places that are otherwise under the radar. Serena’s seats about 30 people, with some seats on the pavement outside, and has light nautical-themed decor inside. It’s basic and focuses on food rather than flashy extras. There’s a fish counter – choose what you want, how you want it cooked, and what seasoning and spicing you would like. Staff will recommend the best way to cook each fish and the flavours that complement them best. Always on the menu are boom boom shrimp and calamari. Try the perfect calamari, that arrives as lightly floured rings covered in a spicy sauce. Other than that, go with the flow as it’s all fresh, tasty and well-cooked. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the bill too, this is fresh food at great prices.