It is always a pleasing and refreshing to know that a restaurant name is also an ode to the subject in the title, sharing the same coastline and with a nod to the emirate’s seafaring history to discover the delights of a restaurant that uses the local produce in whatever way they possibly can to reduce carbon footprint as well as to bring the most genuine local flavour to your table.
Nestled amongst the hidden valleys of the majestic Al Hajar Mountains, Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort lies along the coastal region of Dibba, the second largest town in the emirate of Fujairah. Set against a dramatic backdrop of rugged terrain, travelers can expect to discover a destination lauded for its natural beauty, with archaeological and heritage sites all within easy accessibility from the resort.
The Copper Lobster SeaGrill & GastroBar is located on the waterfront level, so three levels below the lobby with easy access by the lift or you may make your grand entrance by descending the steep set of stairs from the port cochere level graciously......in style.
The restaurant is broken up into three sections – a market style display room at the entrance through the glass window with the daily fresh catch from the sea, a London-style gastro bar that offers a more intimate setting together with the friendly family dining area. The large outdoor al fresco terrace section is also another ideal dining spot especially for the current Arabic winter season to enjoy the light crisp sea breeze in the evening.
The seafaring history and seaside location is referenced in so many details, with crude rope being a prime décor inspiration and it is used in very imaginative ways to create a number of motifs/allusion to fishing boats, anchor ropes, fishing nets and elements that relate to the sea and more adorned with warm decorative lightings juxtaposed with the soft illuminated hue of blue LED light and shade which adds modernity to the entire restaurant.
Your placemat is your menu, with the beverage menu on the back, so in keeping with the relaxed atmosphere and a ready reference point, should you not wish to order everything at once and slowly let the evening evolve.
While we were making some serious decisions about the order of events, an unexpected amuse bouche arrived – a fresh oyster from Dibba Bay with diced eggplant in a lemon Sriracha sauce. This was delicious and just the perfect starter for our seafood journey and while the sauce was a little dominating nonetheless a surprising, tasty beginning.
Salted caramel butter, hazelnut mousse, strawberry puree and milk ice cream – this winning combination of chocolate fondant may not be as fluffy as we would have liked, but tasty nonetheless for such a classic dessert and perfect to share to end on such a big meal for the evening.
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 9 204 1080
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