Brunch Review: Crab Market Restaurant & Lounge, DIFC

Brunch Review: Crab Market Restaurant & Lounge, DIFC

27 Sep 2018

Dubai’s swanky seafood joint doesn’t disappoint

Fresh seafood is always a winner, right? In that case, a four-hour brunch session consisting of fresh seafood is a no-brainer. And that’s exactly what we got at Emirates Financial Towers’ Crab Market.

The restaurant, which opened earlier this year, draws inspiration from famous fish markets around the world. It features an ice bar and large tanks where you can pick your catch, including crabs and fresh fish.

Unfortunately, you don’t get to select your meal market-style during the brunch, but the selection on offer is just as fresh and fabulous.
On arrival, we’re escorted though the spacious 15th-floor venue to our table overlooking the Burj Khalifa. The floor-to-ceiling windows brighten up the entire restaurant with natural light, which is exactly what we want on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

Food wise, a selection of starters is brought to the table. The sharing platter includes everything from sushi and lobster rolls to a variety of tartares and, of course, actual crab. The winner, however, is the cauliflower carpaccio with parmesan and truffle, which tastes as good as it sounds. Fresh, creamy and fragrant.

Crab Market Restaurant

For mains, we get to pick a dish from the menu. We opt for the squid ink linguine with langoustine, because you can never go wrong with a squid ink pasta. In our experience, these kinds of gourmet pastas tend to be rather small, but not at Crab Market. In fact, the rich and delightful plate of pasta is so big we fail to finish it (defeated by pasta? Unheard of!).

To round things off, we’re invited to browse the dessert table, which is the only buffet-style element of the brunch. While contemplating the selection, we stumble across the only negative of an otherwise fabulous afternoon – a decorative bucket of grape bottles on ice, complete with a lobster draped over the bottles. On closer inspection, we notice the tied-up lobster is still very much alive. Yes, we spent the afternoon eating his little friends (sorry, Mr Crab!), but seeing this makes us a little sad, if we’re completely honest.

Live animal décor aside, the dessert selection isn’t enormous. Instead it’s a question of quality over quantity, with large lemon meringue, tiramisu and honey cakes. It’s like walking into a boutique bakery and simply helping yourself to a slice. Exactly the reason why brunch day should always be cheat day.

INFO: Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs600 (bubbly), Crab Market, DIFC, 04 564 5525,