Blue Fish Seafood Restaurant
Time Out Says
Despite opening its doors a little before Ramadan, Blue Fish has already managed to attract a healthy clientele – mostly men, who huddle round tables talking business and gesticulating wildly to one another between mouthfuls of houmous or hammour. The manager seems to know them all, and spends much of his time patrolling the dining area exchanging hearty handshakes. In this respect, Blue Fish is a great deal of fun – and the food’s not too bad either.
I started with the signature houmous, the smoothness of which contrasted nicely with a sprinkling of crunchy walnuts and peppers. The accompanying pitta, however, wasn’t served with quite the same finesse – it arrived on our table in a plastic bag. Odd as this was, it almost seemed normal considering the surreal setting.
All but one of the warm starters had nothing to do with the pervading maritime theme, so, in what must have been a moment of madness, I ordered the halloumi. Halloumi isn’t a great prefix to a fish supper at the best of times, especially when it’s both rubbery in texture and overwhelming in taste. I was happy to move onto the main – sultan ibrahim (red mullet) – though I was surprised to be greeted by a plate sporting three fish rather than one. Each of these modestly sized specimens was heavily battered, and though all three looked somewhat unappetising, there turned out to be ample flesh under the crunchy, brown battered crust. Still, the overall dish was a little too dry, and a more vigilant waiter may have recommended a more suitable side dish than the sorry-looking vegetables that were served with it.
At present it’s difficult to judge Blue Fish on a meal that was as eclectic as the setting in which it was served. We suspect, however, that the restaurant will really pick up its game once Ramadan has taken its course. Certainly, those who happen to be in the area should drop by – not only to enjoy a healthy dose of Middle- Eastern hospitality, but also to soak in the restaurant’s surreal ambience.
The bill (for one)
1x Water Dhs4
1x Blue Fish houmous Dhs22
1x Grilled halloumi Dhs20
1x Sultan ibrahim Dhs70
Total (excluding service) Dhs152
By Oliver Robinson | 15 Sep 2010
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