Something for the weekend: The Fish House, Dubai
Today, there is no shortage of good fish restaurants in Dubai; in fact there is no shortage of good restaurants in Dubai. Full stop. So any newcomer priding itself on serving only the best the ocean has to offer, will have to deliver more than the Catch of the Day to reel in today’s increasingly hard-to-impress diners.
Say hello to The Fish House.
Situated on the waterfront at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City hotel, The Fish House welcomed its first guests at the start of this year and has quickly earned a sound reputation for serving up some of the city’s finest fish and – quite possibly – the city’s finest octopus.
“Inspired by local heritage and the simplicity of diligently sourcing the freshest fish and seafood, The Fish House prides itself on delivering an authentic dining experience, accompanied by a social and warm atmosphere,” reads its ‘Story’ on its website page.
Upon stepping foot inside the restaurant, it’s plain to see that they have certainly delivered on the atmosphere. Modern, cool, stylish and fresh; the fish-adorned walls and citrus-filled vases conjure memories of Tuscan travels and Mediterranean cuisine.
The beautiful décor continues outside. Boasting water – and record-breaking fountain views – the terrace area is the perfect spot for entertaining, especially during the city’s cooler months.
The menu is extensive without being exhaustive and despite being a fish restaurant, offers many alternative dishes. The Duck Rillette with a parsley and shallot salad and fig and walnut bread, and Pistachio and Peppercorn Lamb Shank with goats curd mashed potato, green beans and hazelnuts catching the eye.
Yet, no visit to The Fish House is complete without sampling The Fish its House is named after – and there is lots to choose from.
The a la carte menu boasts traditional entrees, such as prawn cocktail or in this case The Fish House Prawn Cocktail, a deconstructed selection of jumbo prawns and king crab, with cocktail sauce, tempura crumbs and Meyer lemon. There is also sesame-cured salmon, Lebanese sausage and saffron oysters, among others. But it’s the Charcoal Grilled Octopus that steals the show.
Fragrant, rich and smokey, the grilled octopus has quickly become the restaurant’s signature dish. Served with carrot hummus, smoked butter, marcona almonds and chili, it’s a morish, tasty dish that has customers – quite rightly – coming back for more.
For main, diners can choose from a menu including fresh lobster linguini, battered fish and green chili and coriander chips, and sumac halibut with green apple, fennel, radish and watercress salad with feta. And, of course, there’s the daily catch of Market Fresh Fish, cooked to individual likings and paired with sauces and sides.
The Fish House Towers For Two – think fish platters with a twist – come either as chilled or hot and cold, and combine prawns, scallops, lobster, oysters, octopus and more. And the visually impressive Fish House Special, served at your table, is a choice between organic sea bass or Hammour baked in rock salt, served with a selection of sides. An Instagram-worthy picture of epic proportions.
If there is any room for dessert, we recommend the double fudge chocolate brownie with peanut butter ice cream or if there’s a big crowd opt for the All For One Or Not At All – designed for the entire table to enjoy.
Delivering on its ‘Story’ to provide “an authentic dining experience and a social and warm atmosphere,” The Fish House provides fresh, honest, great tasting food in beautiful surroundings.
Is this enough to hook customers in remains to be seen, but it certainly deserves to be competing with the very best fish restaurants Dubai has to offer.