This unassuming Asian fish restaurant at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour has been wowing us ever since it opened last year. In fact, it was so good, we named it our Best Casual Newcomer in 2017. Natural progression has led it to pick up the gong for Best Asian in the 2018 Restaurant Awards, and for good reason.
From former Zengo chef Akmal Anuar, dishes showcase Asian flavours and ingredients perfectly. Singaporean chef Anuar takes weekly deliveries of some of the finest seafood Japan has to offer, and that is obvious in the superb dishes.
It really is small, with only around 25 seats inside and a few tables outdoors overlooking the gently swaying boats. The two chefs are parked in one corner, preparing each dish ordered from scratch. And they really know their way around fresh fish – the spicy tuna rolls show a brilliant way with flavours and textures.
Staff are friendly and helpful, and the menu is always concise.
Although the seafood is what we’d always recommend here, there are plenty of meaty options that are top-notch to try, too. The beef carpaccio has tons of flavour and good bite, plus there’s a lovely, spicy sauce spooned over it for an extra kick.
Lamb ribs fall off the bone with a gentle shove. They have just the right amount of fat running through them to give that extra injection of flavour, too, and are delicious.
With its brilliant use of the continent’s flavours and ingredients, it’s no wonder 3 Fils tops this category.