3 great Dubai restaurants to get scallops
Scallops weren’t always á la mode. Once considered a poor man’s food – eaten by fisherman who couldn’t find anyone to buy them – today things are a little bit different for the versatile bivalve mollusc. In the UK, 15–20,000 tonnes of scallops are caught every year, with about 100 million of the pretty shellfish landing up on dinner tables across Europe. Dredged or diver-caught, both king and queen scallops (the latter being slightly smaller and having two bowl-shaped shell halves rather than one flat and one bowl) have undergone a renaissance. While they do taste delicious raw and even pickled, today we’re talking about the seared and baked variety.
Scottish Scallops with slow-simmered leeks and aged mimolette cheese
Created by the talented head chefs and protégées of Michelin-starred master chef Pierre Gagnaire, you know you’re in for a treat when these beauties land in front of you. Comprised of the finest creamy white Scottish scallops served on a soul-warming creamy leek and aged mimolette cheese mash, this dish is as gorgeous as it is moreish. Garnished with red chicory leaves and a kick of horseradish, you might want to lick your plate. Just keep it together, okay?
Where: Choix Patisserie & Restaurant Par Pierre Gagnaire, Festival City
Contact: +971 4 701 1136
Scallop and Beetroot Salad
This bejewelled beauty – comprised of Hokkaido scallops (Japanese scallops that are sweeter and firmer), beetroot, kurogoma sponge and mustard dressing – conjures a magical group of flavours. Umami-esque with a subtle sweetness that’s complemented by the zing of the mustard, we’ll be ordering two of these next time. A dish off Atelier M’s brand-spanking new menu, follow this morsel up with beautifully grilled Mediterranean octopus with roasted fingerling potatoes, black lemon confit and harissa, or homemade vegetable dumplings served with vegetarian jus, kabocha purée and asparagus.
Where: Atelier M, Pier 7, Dubai Marina
Contact: +971 4 450 7766, website
Scallop White Bean Salad
You’ll discover some unexpected ingredient pairings in this delicately flavoured but surprisingly filling appetiser – and you’ll soon find out that they work exceptionally well together. Plump scallops meet creamy white bean purée, satisfyingly crispy deep-fried onion, and a pleasingly decadent-tasting avocado dressing. Garnished with fresh herbs, this lovely little dish is one to come back with your friends for. Slightly less seafood inspired, but a dish that we fell in love with and recommend eating with out-of-town family or friends is the oriental board with shish taouk, lamb, moutabbal, hummus and salad. Lovely.
Where: 3in1 at Vida Downtown Dubai
Contact: +971 4 888 3444, website