It’s no secret that fresh seafood is an Ahlan! favourite, so when we’re invited to try Aquario at The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah, we jump at the chance. A wonderful dinner should always be an excuse to enjoy a mini-break in Ajman, right?
Walking into the sleek, Mediterranean-style eatery, it is very quiet, so we’re a little on edge at the start of our meal. But still pretty happy that the focus is all on us! It’s not long, however, before every seat in the house is filled up with couples enjoying romantic date nights and a few lively, bigger groups, celebrating birthdays and bachelorette weekends. We can safely say that the atmosphere is buzzing.
Browsing the menu, it’s clear that seafood is Aquario’s speciality. There are few veggie or meat dishes on offer, but plenty of fish and shellfish options. We choose the lobster bisque to start and our vegetarian date opts for the grilled artichoke salad, although the asparagus and peach also catches their eye.
Far from a standard soup, the dish that arrives is a hearty stack of fresh lobster and flying-fish roe, topped off with the bisque before our eyes. We’re certainly not short-changed on the lobster meat, and love the rich, creamy broth. We’re instantly glad that we opted for the bisque over the selection of freshly shucked oysters or the lobster, prawn and cucumber roll – both of which tempted us.
When it comes to the mains, we have two options. We can either go for one of the entrées created by the chef – squid ink seafood risotto, pan-seared red mullet or hand-dived scallops and Angus short rib, for example – or we can wander over to the fish bar, pick our catch of the day and choose the perfect selection of sides to accompany it. We decide to go for the latter.
There is everything from calamari and tiger prawns, to red snapper, tuna and turbot to choose from, and you can have any of the dishes grilled, pan-seared or steamed. The red snapper comes highly recommended by our waiter, and we go for spring vegetables and spiced chickpea mash to accompany it. As you would hope, the fish is grilled to perfection, and we’re pretty close to licking the plate clean of salsa verde sauce by the end of the meal.
The vegetarian butternut tagliatelle also proves to be a delight, and we arrive at the end of our meal feeling thoroughly satisfied but very full, with just enough room to polish off a crème brûlée – between us, naturally!
INFO: Aquario, The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah, Ajman, 06 504 4888, lunch 12.30pm-3pm, dinner 7pm-11pm, oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-al-zorah-ajman