The Pointe has become one of my favourite dining areas in Dubai offering a scening view to the popular Atlantis Hotel. During the day as much as the night, the views are incredible when sitting at any of the restaurants facing the waters of the Palm. If you are into seafood and fancy a good time and a good view, you can add Seafood Kitchen to your list. For fish lovers, this place is even better considering its fresh fish market. Find only the best fish picked daily by the team, which are never shy to turn back a fish and not even have it available if it is not at the quality liking of the chef.
Seafood Kitchen is actually a second branch of the chain in Dubai, the first one being in Jebel Ali. There’s also a bar area upstairs with some great views and chill vibes for gatherings.
The decor of the restaurant is lovely and fits well the theme of a seafood restaurant without being too tacky about it. It is very well lit and spacious but unfortunately quite quiet, which is a negative of pretty much all restaurants on The Pointe at this stage.
In a more positive light, the traffic of the restaurant isn’t a reflection of the quality of food that is served. The menu is very interesting with many options but you want to come to the Seafood Kitchen with an open mind and choose a fish from the market. All are delivered fresh daily, which is worth it and it can be prepared in whichever manner the diners prefer or the way the Kitchen recommends if you can’t decide for yourself.
We obviously went for the option of choosing a fish, which was cooked Emirati style, a tad dryer than I am used for, but very rich in taste.
Served with some delicious green beans cooked with confit shallots and toasted almonds (AED 30) and jasmine rice (AED 26), our fish was very tasty but absolutely needed that splash of lemon to make everything less dry. The sauce was a marvellous addition and the sauce surely would’ve been incomplete without.
Like other restaurants on The Pointe, Seafood Kitchen has a big outdoor seating area, perfect for the winter in Dubai. See the place feeling much smaller during summers, but spacious nonetheless for diners.
Seafood Kitchen is a hangout spot to be discovered perhaps for a good craft beer and views to the Atlantis. With a quite limited drinks menu, the bartender actually prefers you raise to him your preference in drinks as he concocts something special just for your palate.
Garlic prawns (AED 72) are not to miss, juicy and very tender, a bite of freshness shrimp after shrimp. They are on the smaller side, probably wish they were bigger pieces.
Easy to mess up an octopus. A tad too overcooked and it is spoiled. The grilled octopus (AED 75) was prepared to perfection but the best part was to combine it with the garnish and sauce made of leek, parsley, capers and lemon
Red snapper ceviche (AED 54) was good but garnish on top, like for other dishes, although I get it is for decoration, isn’t quite necessary. Enjoyed the ceviche but the grilled octopus sure stole the show on this one.
As much we were full of all the food, we were convinced by the team to get us a dessert. We had some blueberry cheesecake served with yoghurt sorbet (AED 42) and coconut parfait (AED 42) served with lemon curd, coconut tuille, confit strawberries and coconut sorbet. Both delicious, until …
… this arrived! Out of all desserts, the Kunafa with cheese (AED 42) made of pastry dough, cheese and delicious pistachio was by far the most delicious one that I had no interest in digging in the two others after having a bite of it.
As an overall review, I really enjoyed dining at such a location on a couch overlooking the best angles of the Atlantis the Palm. The whole food experience was great with a combination of great service of the whole team. The food was delicious with the only downside being the fish a tad too dry to the liking of all diners. Still delicious nonetheless, but considering the nature of the fish being cooked the Emirati way, it made sense why it was so dry. Do request it less cooked from the kitchen if you ever desired this cooking style. Really do recommend you do go enjoy some food and drinks before it gets too hot to enjoy from outside!
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