REVIEW: Crab Market brunch
Wooden boards of crab are carried across the restaurant to tables of guests, beaming at the feasts being laid out before them. Live soul music is played by a four-piece girl band dressed in glitzy gold dresses, setting the glamorous party atmosphere.
Eager to join in, we order our set menu appetizers and head straight to the raw bar. Sizeable juicy oysters lay in ice, alongside sliced scallops and crab. We help ourselves while the chef makes smooth tuna and smashed avocado bruschetta. Mouths watering, we scurry back to our table to indulge, and we are not disappointed; the bruschetta is delicious.
Appetizers arrive in the form of smashed cucumbers, cauliflower carpaccio and a trio of tartare. Thin slices of white and purple cauliflower lay on top of a thick cream, sprinkled heavily with truffle shavings. Our tartare platter consists of three pairings: tuna and avocado, scallop and papaya and salmon and mango. Salty and sweet, the last is our favourite combination.
Tight for room, the all-you-can-eat crab platter – sushi rolls, fritters, salad, mud crabs and soft shell sliders – is crammed onto our table. Devoured, we re-order the fritters, and save room for mains. We were tipped off that the spaghetti alle vongole was a winner, so we order it alongside squid ink linguini. Ribbons of fresh pasta twirl around the fork, and the latter dish is light, creamy, and seasoned with parsley and bottarga. The squid arrives in a red tomato sauce, served with bite sized pieces of juicy langoustine. A bit heavier, but still worthy.
At the dessert station, a variety of cakes stand proud, and we just about manage a delicious slither of each.
Crab Market knows how to show off their speciality – an ideal weekend treat of freshly prepared seafood served with a side of soul. An absolute must visit for all seafood fans.
Order the spaghetti alle vongole with parsley and bottarga as a main dish. It’s served in a light creamy sauce full of fresh hot opened clams, made colourful with freshly chopped herbs and has a salty edge to it. We will be going back for more, possibly our new favourite seafood pasta dish.
Crab Market Dubai
Where: Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC
When: Friday, 1-5pm
Price: From AED350