The samak bil meleh is one of the most popular options on the menu at Flooka restaurant. Serving Mediterranean-style seafood
with a Lebanese flourish, this bustling fish restaurant is a favourite among foodies in Dubai and its signature offering choice from the daily catch, cooked in rock salt and served to taste, is simple, fresh and delicious- the essence of good seafood. Those that donâ€™t go for the daily catch can choose from a wide selection of other Lebanese-inspired seafood delights, with starters such as tajen samak â€“ a delicate dish of fish offset by sesame puree and batrakh bi zaatar â€“ a flavourful combination of dried fish roe served with thyme, garlic and olive oil. Main course options include samak mekli mixed â€“ a combination of sultan ibrahim, lady fish and white bait served with tartar sauce and a mouth-watering moules marinere. All of this is best enjoyed on the terrace, where a sweeping panorama of the Arabian Gulf provides the perfect backdrop to a nautical feast.
A waterside setting is one of the many charms at Seaview, which overlooks Jumeirah Harbour. Launched last summer as part of the Jumeirah fishing-village renovation project, this laidback eaterie quickly became the go-to destination for diners seeking affordable and delicious fish dishes in a picturesque environment. The masala pappads on the starter menu are a must as is the king-fish darne main, which comes wrapped in a banana leaf. Other good options include the fish kebabs â€“tender chunks of fish served on a stick and enhanced with Indian spices.
Sometimes, the best approach is the simplest and never is this principle more applicable than at local favourite, Bu Qtair. Situated in a make-shift shack behind Jumeirah public beach, this is a no-frills, no-fuss fish house complete with paper plates, plastic furniture and an eat-with-your-hands policy. Curry, cooked Kerala-style, with lots of mellow spices and seafood swirled together in enormous pans, is the order of the day and, quite simply, it couldnâ€™t be more appetizing. For those seeking simple-but- delicious food, in a basic-but-beautiful seaside setting, there is nowhere better.
Another must-visit restaurant for seafood lovers in Dubai is Fish Market at Radisson Blu, Dubai Deira Creek. From the rustic, nautical dÃ©cor to the wonderful selection of fresh fish, which is cooked to order by the restaurantâ€™s masterful team of chefs, itâ€™s easy to see why this is a regular feature on the awards lists for Dubaiâ€™s best seafood venues. Highlights include the live crab in black pepper sauce and the Australian lobster cooked any style. Thereâ€™s also a selection of exotic, ocean-inspired beverages to accompany the meal and a choice of decadent desserts
One of the newest additions to Dubaiâ€™s seafood landscape is Slapfish. Located in Ibn Battuta Mall, this casual eaterie offers an American take on fish dishes with crunchy fish tacos, hot shrimp rolls and traditional lobster sandwiches featuring lashings of mayonnaise and warm butter on the menu.