Fisherman's Wharf, A fishy experience
I am almost fanatical when it comes to Hammour. Anyone that knows me personally and socially knows how strongly I feel about hammour being sold and served in restaurants. And I am not just making this up. Check out the web site Choose Wisely for all the details.
My daughter-in-law, Dhan celebrated her birthday on Thursday and asked to be taken to Fisherman's Wharf in Dubai Marina. She booked it through Round Menu (where she works). The restaurant directions and map were not that brilliant - I think they could have used landmarks like being "behind Radisson Blue", but there was enough parking. The restaurant is not easiest to find and with all the construction around that area for the tram, not enough footfall to generate business. I did not take a chance and parked at Marina Mall and walked (5 mins walk) while my son got parking in front of the building though there was parking inside too. The restaurant had very kitch decoration with giant shells etc but there was outside seating which could be quite nice during the cooler months.
The menu on the web site gives you the impression that they have a better variety of fish and a bit of a choice other than Hammour. The reality - it was mostly Hammour with other fish served to you reluctantly. We started with shrimp and avocado salad, a plate of fried calamari, and a plate of fries for the 3 year old. The calamari was perfectly cooked and I would go back for this any time. The rest was okay - the fries were from bags of ready made chips chucked into a frier (might as well have ordered from McDonalds) and the shrimp salad could have done with a bit of dressing.
For main course, we ordered the Goan platter - after taking care to ask what fish was served in the platter. It came with prawn rechado - or shrimps masala - (which we asked for an extra portion of separately), a goan fish curry, a pomfret, some rice and some more calamari. It was enough for two persons though we all shared a bit of everything. The pomfret tasted a bit stale and had to be abandoned even though it is one of our favourites. We ordered a medium bucket of crabs in garlic butter. It was okay though the crabs were cooked perfectly. My son (who is allergic to shell fish) ordered the Norwegian salmon, cooked and served with pesto and tapenade mash potato. There was no pesto and so the salmon ended up tasting quite bland. We ordered a portion of fish and chips and had to specify snapper (which was the only option other than Hammour). The fish was cooked well but tasted a bit off.
All in all, it was an okay experience for me and not really worth the money. The prawns rechado and the calamari are the only things that stood out for me and that I would go back for. The service was accommodating but then we were the only ones in the restaurant. It was my daughter-in-law's birthday and she thoroughly enjoyed the crabs. And for me, that is all that mattered. It was after all her day.