Anyone who’s lived in the middle east long enough knows that winters here call for Al fresco lunching – the warm afternoon sun, bright blue skies and nippy weather. Add fresh flavourful seafood in a casual setting at pocket friendly prices with glorious fishing harbour views to boot, and you’ve got a winning combination. Seaview restaurant offers just that, and a bit more!
For an early Friday afternoon lunch, the outdoor seating at the restaurant was already full – its where the fun’s at so I recommend even if you have to wait for a table, its worth it. Once seated the service was prompt and efficient. We worked our way through a simplistic menu and knew exactly what we wanted to try. The fish masala papad started things off – little bowls of poppadums stuffed with a tangy chaat like filling with fish fillets was refreshing. Messy to eat, but 100% delicious.
Their Crepe Homard was a big hit on our table – cheesy lobster meat, stuffed rather moreishly in thinly rolled out crepes topped off with luscious creamy sauce. The presentation was elegant and a teensy squeeze of the lemon juice really elevated its simple flavours. For a predominantly Asian/south indian seafood menu, this dish was a definite show stopper.
One of their specials, Seaview Prawns is an ode to the famous Ghee Roast – plump fresh-from-the-sea prawns ( yes, not the frozen kind that just don’t taste right), a generous hand with minced garlic and beautiful combination of chilli and pepper that is just stellar. The prawns themselves were cooked perfectly. Every server brought out atleast one portion of this in every tray so its easy to see why its such a crowd pleaser.
In between orders, we munched on the Malaysian inspired stuffed Roti Canai – paratha style flat bread stuffed with spicy assorted seafood with lots of onion and coriander. Although this is bread, its not the kind you used to mop up curries but the kind that tastes perfect on it own or with a side of green mint chutney. A portion to share is great idea!
One of my favourites was this ever so simple steamed whole Sea bream – with a very light garlic-ginger-soy dressing poured over. The fleshyness of the fish, topped with crunchy fried onion bits made for a delicious bite. Every one of us at the table went back for more of the fish, right until all we had left was its bare-bone skeleton.
We also had the Kingfish curry with a side of (staff recommended) Lemon and Herb rice. In hindsight, we should have stuck to plain steamed rice as it would have paired better with the curry. The lemon and herb rice turned out to be too lemony making the whole bite a tad bit too sour for my tastebuds.
What stood out in every dish we ordered and tasted ( and eventually loved), was the freshness of the seafood itself. That in itself makes Seaview restaurant worthy of revisiting again and again! With our seafood cravings thoroughly satiated, we had practically no room for dessert left. A pleasant walk in the afternoon sun and we found ourselves at the beach, just the sort of perfect winter afternoon that you would expect at this time of the year in Dubai! 🙂
Location: Seaview Restaurant, Fishing Harbor, Near Offshore Sailing Club, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai