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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