Us foodies are a funny lot, we walk and drive around with our eyes open, scanning hoarding boards, new building work, malls etc seeing what food places are open, which are busy, which are not and of particular interest is always when somewhere new opens up. So a few weeks ago I got an excited tweet from Ishita who writes at IshitaUnblogged telling me that I just had to try a new seafood place she had discovered. Tips this good have to be followed up, so a few weeks later, on a particularly grey and rainy day, which is unusual for Dubai, I risked the terrors of Dubai roads in the rain and made my way to Seaview Restaurant, to meet up with Ishita and to have lunch.
Located in the Umm Sequiem Harbour I was pleasantly surprised at the great location, overlooking the harbour with a fleet of fishing boats to watch as you dine, the restaurant is situated over two floors. The bottom floor has a reasonable size outside terrace, with additional terrace dining available on the second floor whilst indoors there are plenty of seats and booths in this well lit restaurant. There is also a chilled ice counter displaying ‘catch of the day’ for diners to chose from.
The menu is not huge, but there is plenty of choice, including Steamed Sea Bass, King Fish cooked in a banana leaf and some really tasty seafood roti which I’ve sampled a few times now and it consistently delivers.
There are plenty of seafood restaurants in Dubai for us to chose from and I’ve written about a few of them on my site before, but for me, what makes this one stand out are a few things which I love about Seaview.
Firstly it has a great location, you can sit and watch the fishing boats, take a stroll along the waterfront and watch the fishermen sit and repair the nets as they listen to traditional music on their phones, whilst chatting and laughing amiably (it takes me back to my holidays in Kerala) and soon you will be able to buy fresh fish from the new fish market which will also be located here.
Secondly the food is great, it’s cooked using fish caught by boats licensed to the restaurant and it’s likely you will be eating fish caught that very morning for your lunch or dinner.
Thirdly the menu, it’s not the biggest menu, but there is still plenty of choice from standard dishes on the menu including Malay Steamed Sea Bream – which was beautifully presented, tasty and finger licking good, through to King Fish cooked in a banana leaf, spicy, rich and indulgent or of course, choose your fish and your style of cooking and then select from the side dishes of rices, potatoes, salads or and I highly recommend this, the seafood roti, crisp roti on the outside stuffed full of soft warm seafood on the inside. Whatever you fancy, there are dishes to match your tastes with flavours influenced from the Mediterranean, India, Malaysia, Arabia and Africa.
For the non seafood lovers, there are a few dishes to choose from too.
Service on the two occasions I’ve visited has been good. The staff are attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and as for the prices, I think they are extremely reasonable with main courses typically costing 50/aed – 60/aed and unusually with catch of the day fish being sold per piece rather than by weight, which makes it easier to calculate your budget as you order.
I visited at lunch time on both trips (sadly both were in the rain – is it me I ask ??) but am told that the harbour looks beautiful at sunset and at night time too, so a repeat visit is called for – in fact this is going to be a firm favourite of mine, so you just might bump into me on your visit.
For dessert I sampled the cheesecake which was rich and creamy, although to be honest I had filled up on sweet fish first so there was very little room left for desert and as always I sampled the coffee which hit the spot perfectly.
Directions : Umm Sequiem Harbour (close to DOSC). The closest landmark is KFC/Hardees on the Beach Road. With this on your right hand side (driving towards Burj al Arab) take the second turning on the right (9a street) and follow the road to the end. Parking is either outside the restaurant in a small car park next to the Coastguard, on the street, or in a Seaview carpark on the right. Valet Carparking will be coming shortly.
You can read more about the restaurant from Ishita who writes at IshitaUnblogged here