Another Monte Carlo export graces Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, in the form of Crazy Fish. This cool new spot is the third to open, brought to the region by Flavio Briatore, who has establishments in Porto Cervo and Monaco. The Dubai restaurant opened at the end of January and is a seafood lover’s haven, with fresh fish deliveries from Italy three times a week.
Situated right next door to Beefbar, Crazy Fish offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu of quality seafood. A fresh fish-market-style layout, including a live lobster tank, means you can choose exactly what you’d like plated up for dinner, if you so wish.
The décor is one we’d associate with a fine-dining experience, but the atmosphere is friendly and informal, with a DJ contributing to the buzz. Still, dressing up here wouldn’t go amiss. The lighting is bright when we arrive and dimmed by the time we leave, with tables filling up throughout the evening.
Greeted in Italian on the way in, we then take our friendly Italian waitress’ expert advice when it comes to our menu selections. Out comes a variety of bread, with pecorino cheese in replacement of the usual butter accompaniment; we’re not complaining.
A smoky glass cloche is next to arrive. The waitress removes it to reveal a neat stack of crimson tuna tartare on a bed of crushed potatoes, and we’re told the smoke was infusing the tuna, which we enjoy with some seabass and prawn rolls.
There are eight hot starters to choose from, but we opt for the sautéed mussels and an unusual but delicious concoction of red prawn stuffed aubergine wraps, sprinkled with Parmesan.
Most of the dishes are shown to us in their deconstructed form, before the staff carefully prepare them at our table for a visual experience.
Our main is the catch of the day: fresh yellowfin tuna cooked to perfection with a selection of vegetables and a tangy tomato sauce. Other mains include famous handmade pastas; gnocchetti with red king prawns, cherry tomatoes and Pecorino cheese. Each dish is relatively simple, but still bursting with flavour.
Just when we think we can’t eat much more, dessert arrives. A deconstructed tiramisu is presented to us before the staff start building what turns out to be the best tiramisu we’ve ever had. If you feel like being a bit healthier than us (don’t judge), you can opt for a remarkable platter of hollowed-out fruits, filled with sorbets of each respective flavour. Whatever floats your boat, you won’t be sorry.
INFO: Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, 04 352 9429, crazyfishdubai.com