The Fish House @ InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Inspired by local heritage, and relying on the freshest produce, The Fish House prides itself as being a unique seafood restaurant that serves a range of top-notch fish dishes to tantalize your taste-buds. This brand new eatery is located in the Intercontinental Hotel, thus gaining benefit of marvelous waterfront views of Dubai Festival City. There’s a spacious hall for indoor seating, and a lovely terrace for people who like to have their food under the sky. We loved how this place is done up, with hues of bright blues, greens and yellows, everything looks so pretty.

Each of the Fish House delicacies is cooked up by the head chef Matteo Guerra, who is originally from Italy but has a vast experience of working in kitchens around the world. According to him, “Dubai’s dining scene is evolving and expanding at a rapid pace and it’s a very exciting hub to be a part of. At The Fish House we aim to offer a menu of refined simplicity with maximum taste, ensuring a high quality, memorable experience for our guests.

Now, a glimpse of what we devoured while at this gorgeous place:

APPETIZERS:

Fragrant Cured Salmon was totally aromatic just like its name and even tastier to dig into. Came along some fennel, tomato and raddicio salad to up the zest of the dish.

Fish Kibbah Nayeh – delicious Kingfish, organic salmon and Ahi tuna done up with spiced burghul wheat, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and served with garlic labneh and pita bread.

Mezzeh – chickpea hummus, taboulleh, babaghanoj, muhamara, olives and pickles and pita bread

MAINS:

At The Fish House, you have the option of choosing your own catch from the fish market style ice bar before having it cooked the way you like. They do deep-fried, pan-fried, poached, oven-baked, breaded and barbequed, and it’s really great as you don’t have to compromise on your taste preferences! Moreover, you can also select your own sauces and sides. Our pick was the locally sourced whole Hammour to be baked in rock salt and we had to wait around 30 minutes to witness the interesting sight of this fish being carved right at our table, but it was worth it!

The hard work their talented staff puts in the whole process could easily be seen as it took them only 5 minutes to remove the baked fish from the salt, debone it and set it up appealingly on a platter. This one is rightly a specialty at the Fish House, such a huge portion of meat yet so flavorsome and cooked just enough to gain the right level of moistness. Next, the Grilled Lobster Claws & Butcher’s Steak was an absolute classic! One look at this and you can easily tell that it’s done medium-well. We loved the sides that came with it too, Chermoula herb sauce, sweet potato fries and a shiraz and rocca leaf salad.

DESSERT:

Yes, we still had some room left for dessert of course, there were several interesting options. We settled for the Alhulwaa and a dessert platter which displayed a crafted mix of local favorite sweets such as rose water jelly, honeycomb, honey ginger, ashta ice cream, barb de pap, dark chocolate cremeux, ashta cheese, coffee cardamom jelly, halawat al jaben and sesame brulee. Sounds like a lot, but the portions were quite decent so didn’t leave us feeling overstuffed thankfully.

Overall, it was amazing food and superb experience. This place gives you a welcoming and refreshing vibe anytime you visit. It’s more than just a traditional seafood restaurant. With such a compelling menu, The Fish House is definitely one of the best places to go to if you are a seafood lover. Highly recommended!

 

 

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