Time Out Says
Is it maddening to eat here? Is the vibe on the Hollywood starlet side of cray cray? Or perhaps the food is just crazy good (as the Americans say)? Either way, we like the name and we’re not really sure what to expect when we venture to this DIFC eatery. But in an area that can be a little hit and miss, we’re pleasantly surprised by this seafood spot.
It’s a second branch for the restaurant, which was originally set up in Monte Carlo in 2017 by F1 supremo Flavio Briatore (who also is behind Dubai’s Beefbar and Billionaire Mansion).
Sticking to its seaside roots, Crazy Fish prides itself on super-fresh seafood, as is proven by the fish market-style counter you’ll encounter on entry.
For a restaurant born in swanky Monaco, it’s with relief, however, that the prices don’t reflect the sky-high expectations that come with the exclusive French state. That’s not to say it’s an every day spot, but dishes are relatively reasonable, compared to others of its ilk – with mains around Dhs150.
Ladies, visit on a Sunday and you’ll even get a free glass of sparkling grape with your meal.
The menu showcases simple dishes – plus several varieties of caviar if you’re feeling flush.
The vibe, on our visit, is buzzing, while the décor is fresh and bright – with pops of colour thanks to modern art on the walls. Whisper it quietly, but there’s no denying it’s a little Bagatelle-esque.
We start with grilled octopus with rosemary roasted potatoes. Tender and tasty, each tentacle is expertly cooked, though the spuds are a tad dry. A ball of burrata is fair, though nothing spectacular. The super-sweet tomatoes that accompany it far outshine the cheese – they’re bursting with flavour and brilliantly red.
Next we opt for the gnocchetti with red king prawns, cherry tomatoes and pecorino – which we’re hastily advised is optional, lest we should recoil in horror at such a fish/cheese faux pas. The petite dumplings are light and moreish– a far cry from some soggy spheres that are too often served up – and they swim in a rich, fragrant tomato sauce.
Spaghetti with clams is decent too, perfectly al dente, with plenty of shellfish dotted around.
Crazy good? Not quite. Worth a visit? A sane yes.
WHAT IS IT...
A seafood restaurant from Flavio Briatore
The super-fresh fish
By Time Out Dubai staff | 07 Nov 2018