REVIEW: The Fish House
Light bounces through the waterfront windows, which illuminate the seaside interior of The Fish House. The ambience comes from the tracks played by the venue’s live acoustic band which sets us up for a night of relaxation and delicious mouth watering eats.
Drinks are ordered and the starters from the set menu arrive almost immediately after. We tuck into a variety of crispy fish sliders, hammour skewers, crab quesadillas and – the rather odd-creature-out on a seafood menu – duck rillette. The crispy fish sliders are served in a potato bun with a tangy lemon mayo, which makes for a comforting carby treat. Adding a twist to the Mexican classic, the crab quesadillas are the perfect balance of cheese and crab meat, with the lime aioli adding a nice flair to the dish. There’s a cold mezze of kibbeh, hummus and more served up, too. But while delicious, it seems a bit excessive for a starter and remains largely untouched.
For mains, we plump for the marinated tiger prawns and seafood pasta from the set menu. Each pleasurable bite is filled with succulent meat and are some of the best prawns we’ve ever tasted. From here, we move onto seafood pasta territory, which in our case featured a generous serving of shrimps and mussels that had been glazed in a spicy tomato sauce. We were, however, slightly taken back at the fact that the dish is served with penne pasta as opposed to spaghetti but, perhaps this is down to personal preference. Still, the plate is light and the sauce is packed with so much flavour that it still all goes down a storm.
Besides the set menu that is delivered straight to your table, there’s a ceviche and shellfish bar which is home to a number of fresh pescatarian treats such as poached prawns, live oysters and moreish sea bass. We opt for the oysters and spice them up with a touch of chili tabasco sauce and a bit of lemon. The sea bass ceviche also comes with citrusy flavours that compliment the melt in your mouth textures of the fish. Delicious.
The last hurrah comes in the form of a dessert board which features delicious chocolate brownies, cheesecake and a selection of refreshing fruit. We’re delighted to find the brownie is served warm and gooey, and with a side of vanilla ice cream that cuts through the sweet chocolate tastes, the whole dish is a winner. But even though the brownie is quality, the star of dessert is the tahini cheesecake. This creamy creation is absolutely outstanding, and brings a great end to a thoroughly enjoyable seafood brunch. We’ll certainly be back to sample the latest catch at this Dubai gem.
The Fish House
When: Friday, 12.30pm - 4pm
Where: InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Price: AED290 house beverages, AED190 soft drinks
Contact: +971 4 701 1127, website