Seafood, overlooking the sea to majestic views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah? Yes please.
This is a long-standing, go-to romantic spot in Dubai and it never fails to deliver. It has won numerous Time Out Dubai Restaurant awards in the Romantic category in the past, and it again scooped a Highly Commended plaque in 2018.
The rustic wooden venue, located at the end of a jetty and standing magnanimously over the Arabian Gulf, with floor-to-ceiling panes of glass for walls, revealing unrivalled panoramic views, is impressive.
À la carte prices are high – a meal for two excluding drinks can set you back into the thousands of dir-hams. But on there are frequently offers on set menus throughout the year, which are worth re-searching around the time you’re planning to book.
As expected, everything here is slick, from the presentation of dishes to the service. Staff are barely noticeable of an evening, allowing you to enjoy every moment, but rest assured, when you need them, they’ll be there, sharp, and willing to help, no matter your enquiry. Another starter after your main course? No problem. Engagement ring at the bottom of glass of bubbly to be brought out just before the bill? You’ve got it.
The bottom line
Pierchic is a place where memories are made.
Strolling down to the beach from the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach to Sea Fu brings a sense of expectation. The venue, with a very cool bar and lounge area, as well as an indoor dining room and plenty of outside space, is just lovely and has the staff to match. The menu contains mainly seafood dishes and is a great example of a restaurant that can pick a theme and run with it. You’ll find various sashimi, nigari and maki, as well as temaki and more elaborate rolls. Volcano rolls are presented with a flourish, and have the flavours to match. Salmon, cucumber, pickles, radish and a hot sauce all work wonderfully together. Beef tenderloin tataki, served with earthy enoki mushrooms, garlic crisps and ponzu sauce, is another top choice to start.
There are some items, such as a Korean pear salad and tuna pizza, that make for interesting detours away from the more usual options. The steamed lobster main course looks amazing and tastes as good. While the portion is a little on the small side, the combination of fried wonton, shiitake and leeks as well as a creamy lobster sauce and coconut foam is stunning. Pan-seared halibut is another hit. The robust, meaty white fish is backed up admirably by Chinese cabbage, leeks, mussels and mint. Sea Fu is a lovely venue that is ideal for date-night or to show off how pretty Dubai is to visitors.
There are three things you should know about Ossiano. One, wait for payday because it’s pricey. Two, it’s fancy, so make an effort. And three, it’s pretty much perfect.
Few Dubai restaurants offer a true (arguably classic) fine-dining experience. Ossiano does. The experience is the right side of “stuck-up” (we’ll call it elegant, like the dress code). Expect to be greeted by a dimly lit, impeccably arranged dining room, with a floor-to-ceiling aquarium providing a mesmerising centrepiece.
Staff are pristinely presented, not a shirt wrinkle or ill-fitting collar in sight. The service is intelligent and attentive. Here you’re more than a customer, you’re a lovingly cared-for guest (the restaurant knows this is a place for special occasions).
On our most recent visit, we opt for, and recommend, The Experience Menu, where you choose between four, five and seven courses – whatever you (and your bank) can stomach. You can go à la carte, but why would you? This place is spectacular and you should dive in – face-first.
Once you and your bank manager decide on the number of courses, you’ll be treated to some of the finest seafood and service in the Middle East. Despite a long menu, every dish is a star. Oysters, scallops, cod, foie gras, beetroot ravioli (even the cheeseboard) are all wonderfully balanced, beautifully presented and intricately, expertly described when served.
It’s a magical couple of hours and on reflection there’s only one thing you should know. That is, if we could, we’d eat here every week. It’s that good.
The bottom line
When Catch arrived in the city in 2015, by way of New York, seafood-lovers were thrilled by the cool menu and equally trendy décor. We were so wowed by it that we crowned it Best Seafood restaurant of 2017, so we were excited to hear of its recent revamp – both in terms of menu and interiors.
As part of this, the bar area has moved to be more integrated into the dining area. What the old bar area is set to become is yet to be revealed, though it’s designed to make “the dining experience more cosy”, so says the team. What endures is the urban vibe, with exposed brickwork, deep, comfy leather banquettes, dark moody lighting and graffiti, and the vibe is buzzing and upbeat.
We start with the MRC roll crammed with tuna, shrimp tempura and avocado, which is lifted by a light, spicy mayo. It’s delicious and moreish. We also go for a chicken karage bao, which is on the stodgy side.
We move on to the herb-roasted branzino, which sits upon creamy basmati. It’s a hit and the tender, meaty giant prawns are equally tasty. Portion sizes are decent, and, while on the pricey side, it’s not overly so, and justifable for the location and quality.
With a fun vibe, excellent dishes and some cool décor. this is one for a great night out.
The bottom line
Top quality dishes in a super-cool spot.
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