The ``Seafood Fiesta`` at Off The Hook Seafood Restaurant.
PHOTO BY EXPAT MEDIA
DUBAI – The street food vibe was unmistakable as soon as the staff laid out the seafood fiesta in clumps of translucent plastic bags on the table at Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant at Centurion Tower in Deira.
You could ask for plates and utensils, but here, most people prefer to eat in the “boodle fight” style that has been made popular by Filipino foodies in the last decade. The food is arranged in a heap on top of the table, and everyone digs in with their plastic-gloved hands.
It’s a Thursday night and our four-member Expat Media team is excited to try out the “Fiesta” spread, which the restaurant says can feed up to 15 people.
While waiting for the food to be served, we take in the ambience. The high-ceiling, modern restaurant is packed but doesn’t feel crowded. I’m surprised I can still have a proper conversation over the din, with some people occasionally breaking into a birthday song. It feels like my kind of hangout already!
For Dh499, we got two medium-sized lobsters, big cuts of salmon and king fish, and plenty of shrimp, mussels, crabs, squid and corn on the cob on a long bed of unlimited steamed rice. We also got two bags of crab balls and two more bags of fish balls. To wash down that delicious spread, we ordered their unlimited red ice tea.
Usually, I feel shortchanged when I order “boodle fights”, but this one felt bang on the buck. The portions were generous and well-seasoned. The seafood was perfectly cooked, with not a shrimp, crab or lobster meat sticking stubbornly in their shell. The seafood was complemented with Off the Hook’s special Cajun sauce that was just the right mix of spicy with a hint of sweet. A perfect centerspread for a Thursday night out with friends. JYMDS/Expat Media
What we liked: well-cooked seafood, unlimited rice and drinks, A-grade plastic hand gloves, ambiance
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