Restaurant review: Rockfish, Dubai

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With the waves lapping the shore, Rockfish in Jumeirah Al Naseem is the ideal setting for a Mediterranean seafood restaurant. The hotel recently appointed a new Italian executive chef, Marco Garfagnini, who has revamped the menu at this restaurant which has an unrivalled view of the Burj Al Arab.

Freshly baked focaccia bread precedes the starters, and we then begin with the ‘Crudo’ menu which means ‘raw’ in Italian. We ask for the scallops – imported from the Japanese island of Hokkaido and served with sour cream and avruga caviar, with a little citrus to unlock their natural earthy flavour.

If you prefer your starter fully cooked, ask for the crisp calamari fritti.

Our lobster risotto main is a warm and comforting preparation, consisting of acquerello aged rice from Italy swimming in a creamy lobster bisque. The orecchiette vongole is a great choice of traditional Italian pasta with fresh clams and clam jus.

If you’ve got a larger table of guests, call for the seafood mixed grill that has an assortment of tiger prawns, scallops, calamari and seabass.

There are plenty of dessert options including a cheesecake, apple pie and a house-favourite of meringue with berries.

Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai. Daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Tel: (04) 432 3232