Located on the 15th floor of Emirates Financial Towers, Dubai, the Crab Market serves up a bold, edgy selection of seafood against – or should that read above –the modern design metropolis that is Dubai.
Granted, the journey to get there – navigating the clean-cut, sparse-looking corporate office block that is Emirates Financial Towers – may not have the ‘wow appeal’ that so many of the city’s eateries offer, but if you can ignore that – and we implore you to do so – you’ll be in for an absolute treat once you arrive.
Billed at pocket-friendly prices, while offering “fresh delicious crab at the most affordable prices,” the Crab Market is one of the latest fish restaurants to enter Dubai’s culinary scene, opening back in February.
Boasting breathtaking views of the city, including both the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Frame, modern, plush décor and smooth jazz music playing in the background, the Crab Market is the ultimate Thursday evening dinner spot – make that any night – to wind-down and catch up with friends and loved ones, while enjoying fabulous food.
The diverse menu has been curated by award-winning Chef Vladimir Mukhin, and really does bring something new to the table. “This is a really exciting concept and something that has not yet been seen in Dubai,” says Mukhin. “We have created a selection of crab dishes, incorporating the best catch into our signature dishes and I am confident that guests will enjoy this unique experience,” he adds.
Drawing inspiration from some of the world’s best fish markets, diners can pick their catch from the ice market and large tanks situated at the restaurant’s entrance, or opt to choose from the menu.
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There’s something for everyone
With oysters, carpaccio, bruschetta, crabs, salads, and soups filling the starters menu, it proves a difficult task to choose just one dish. The Scallops with Yuzu and Ponzu is a standout, as is the Lobster Laska Soup. Served with a lobster meat, it’s silky smooth and deliciously aromatic and rich.
For mains, the choice is equally as vast and tempting. Diners can choose scallops, Carabineros, king prawns, jumbo prawns or langoustine to be paired with one of five signature sauces or opt for the piece de resistance itself: the Russian Kamchatka Crab Legs on ice with lime aioli and warm butter. Kamchatka is to crab what wagyu is to beef: delicious, melt-in-the-mouth perfection.
The Squid Ink Linguine with Langoustine is also worthy of special mention; the depth of flavor here is sublime. The Black Cod with Smashed Potatoes and Pumpkin Gnocchi, along with the Grilled Octopus, Potatoes and Romesco Sauce and Chilean Seabass with White Asparagus and Miso are equally impressive.
Leave space for dessert
If you manage to arrive at dessert with even the tiniest little room left, fill up on the Mango Panna Cotta; it’s fresh, juicy and creamy all at the same time, while the Chocolate Mousse is decadent and naughtily rich.
The Crab Market serves very, very good food at very reasonable prices, alongside exceptional views of the city.
It’s a must for those wanting good vistas and great ambiance. It’s essential for those seeking excellent food.