Aquarium

For a moment, I thought there’d been some kind of fisherman strike, and the piscine population of this giant cylindrical goldfish bowl had ended up – mouths agape and boggle-eyed – on the chopping board 10 Reviews

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Imagine a safari park with no animals. Or a garden with no plants. Neither place would have you performing back flips. So imagine our disappointment when we beheld The Aquarium’s centerpiece fish tank to discover a distinct lack of our scaly friends. We searched among the gently pulsing plant life and moribund rocks, but to no avail. Where did the inhabitants of this stylish Creekside restaurant’s main attraction disappear to?

For a moment, I thought there’d been some kind of fisherman strike, and the piscine population of this giant cylindrical goldfish bowl had ended up – mouths agape and boggle-eyed – on the chopping board. Then I spotted a bluish-red slither of aquatic life dart behind a hunk of wood. ‘He’s the cleaner fish,’ said a jovial waitress. So we were relieved that The Aquarium’s aquarium was only temporarily understaffed while it was being spruced up for future fish. And there was even less to worry about when we caught a glimpse of the ‘Summer Sizzler’ menu, a promotion which runs until the end of Ramadan.

Here’s the deal. You can choose any starter, main and dessert and you only pay for the main course. You also get a glass of wine and a tea or coffee thrown in. So my friend plunged for the Vietnamese cold rolls – elegantly packed parcels of lusciously fresh grated vegetable with a sweet orange chilli sauce. My thickly sliced and delicately cured smoked salmon tumbled lavishly over a slice of lightly toasted bread into a creamy mayonnaise sauce, which was invigorated by sweet and juicy tangerine segments.

Perhaps out of solidarity for our industrious little cleaner fish, I opted for the tenderloin steak. The gushing lump of prime meat slumped on top of sweetly roasted potatoes, crunchy green peppers and soft garlic, and basked under the claret glow of a fruity red onion jam. My friend harboured no such sympathy, and instantly reeled in a whoppingly tasty grilled tuna steak, which sprawled seductively on a bed of wild rice dotted with succulent strawberry chunks.

I finished with a richly dark chocolate fudge cake, tempered by moody mocha hints and a bulbous scoop of vanilla ice cream riddled with chocolate studs. And my friend’s baked Alaska was so adroitly constructed it seemed an act of sheer vandalism to pierce it with the spoon. As we called it a day, it was clear that – even with a full and thriving fish tank to gawk at – the food at The Aquarium would still be the main attraction. Just like the hungry cleaner fish, you’ll leave your plate spotless.


By Time Out Dubai

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  • Location: Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 295 6000
  • Travel: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

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Posted by: MONSRI NACER on 22 Oct ' 11 at 18:18
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: MONSRI NACER on 22 Oct ' 11 at 18:18
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 17 Aug ' 11 at 07:54
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Nice tranquil surroundings overlooking the creek. This was my first visit here when I came on the 11th of August. The centre of the restaurant has a cylindrical aquarium.
Decided on the set menu. First up was salmon cake. Sorbet offered before the main course which was the seafood platter that included the tail of lobster, prawns, hammour & salmon with vegetables. Fresh ingredients prepared with care, marks this place.
Duo of Brie de meaux - hot and cold cheese serve with crackers completed the meal.
Waiters willing to chat and help with suggestions.
Cost Dhs 170(set menu), plus extra.

Posted by: Victoria on 30 Jan ' 11 at 14:54
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Really lovely restaurant, lovely cocktails in the bar area before dinner. Great service, fantastic setting and very good prices. Beautiful creek views. It is usually bit quiet so really great if you can take a small group with you! Great for impressing clients as well!

Posted by: Ammar on 21 Oct ' 10 at 12:08
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Posted by: Dannielle Blaker on 13 Aug ' 10 at 16:24
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

An unexpected gem in Deira. Service was excellent with knowledgeable and non-intrusive servers. Their summer menu is great value.

Posted by: John Doe on 30 Nov ' 09 at 09:01
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Posted by: Josephine Lim on 02 Mar ' 09 at 12:12
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We went for dinner. It was fabulous! More worth it than going to Al Mahara. :)

Posted by: Ann Agbayani on 11 Jan ' 09 at 08:48
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Mohammad Murtaja on 15 Dec ' 08 at 17:43
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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