InterContinental Dubai Festival City’s latest addition features this stunning nautical-themed seafood eatery that sprawls out onto an expansive terrace
Take a seat indoors, where you can see the chefs create every dish with passion, and pick fresh fish from the ice display. Outdoors, the view is stunning, with a water show that takes place every 30 minutes or so, and a slight breeze that beckons. My dining partner and I sat outdoors and began our meal with a three-tiered chilled tower featuring fleshy and tender king prawns, king crab legs, plump scallops, poached lobster and jumbo shrimp cocktail. Each piece was devoured with chermoula and a delectable marie rose sauce, as we made our way through each tier, finally tucking into tomato and pomegranate oysters.You can customise your fish order by picking your catch of the day, cooking style, and sauce. We opted for the signature special, Samak bil meleh; organic seabass baked in rocksalt with a tangy shiraz salad, harrisa spiced potato salad, and saffron rice. The fish broke apart from the bone gently, and every soft piece complemented the tahini remoulade and mango salsa that accompanied it. While the meal is quite a decadent, substantial one, leaving the outlet without dessert will have you feeling regretful later. The slow baked cheesecake topped with tahini jelly and tonka bean syrup not only smells divine, it also tastes absolutely scrumptious. It may seem like an unusual combination, but trust us, the moreish cake is a must-have. For a lighter dessert option, and one that refreshes your palate, try the caramelised pineapple ravioli presented as bites of jelly with coconut-date brulée and a tart lime sorbet.
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