It reminds me very much of selecting catfish in some Nigerian restaurants, popularly known as Point & Kill. Except in this case, the fish (and other seafood) is all fresh but dead, and sitting on ice.
Here is how it works:
You select your seafood, it gets weighed and then ‘costed’. You then say ow you want it prepared. In our case, we went for seabream and red snapper – we chose to have one fried and the other grilled.
When we sat down, while waiting for the fish to come, a waitress and waiter came round with a tray load of ‘mezze‘ – dips and salads and the like, all freshly made and to take our order.
We selected a variety – hummus, a delightful tomato salad, swimming in juices and flavoured with garlic and parsley and olive oil, a yogurt-tahini and parsley dip, and a sauce of calamari and vegetables.
Of course, pita bread was in full force – both fresh and toasted.
Lara ordered rice and we feasted on this till the first batch arrived – the fried fish.
It was served on a platter, lightly battered and beautifully cooked – the fish was soft, and juicy and not a minute overcooked. We enjoyed this with some spiced shortgrain rice and the mezze – I loved it.
We talked and laughed and drank – I, perfectly-made mint tea and Lara, a soft drink.
The sea bream arrived ‘butterflied and spread with wonderful herby and tomatoey sauces.
We devoured this too…almost :).
I loved it – the freedom to choose what you want, and the simple but flavourful combinations, not to mention the excellent service.
A big thank you to Lara, for showing me some of what Dubai has to offer.