If a shrimp-fest is your thing, you are in for some fun. This recently launched seafood venue in Sheikh Zayed brings a new twist to dining… Grab your plastic apron, roll up your sleeves and dive in!
Type of Cuisine & signature Dishes
Crab, shrimp, oysters, calamari and a variety of of sides. Signature dishes include the Crab and Cheese Fries, Mix-it Bag of crab, shrimp and oysters.
It didn’t take long to select from the concise menu, and as some items had already sold out we were happy to go with the Extremely Hungry portions of Juicy Shrimp. With a choice of seasonings, we opted for the Lemon Pepper and The Whole Sha-Bang (a powerful mix of Lemon Pepper, Garlic Sauce and Crazy Lemon). Intrigued by the idea of Crab Meat Cheese Fries, we asked for a side of those, along with a serving of fried calamari, H&J Fries and an order of rice.
The Crab Meat Cheese Fries were a new take on poutine, a gooey cheese mix with small chunks of diced crab-stick smothered over a generous portion of fries. The cheese could have had a bit more kick to it, but that is just a matter of personal preference. The calamari came with fries as well, so along with the spicy H&J Fries we had more fries than we could deal with.
But the star of the show was definitely the shrimp. Piping hot and cooked in its own juices in a sealed bag, the shrimp gave off an enticing aroma when we tore the bag open. It is really an up-close-and-personal experience; you have to dig around through the juices to get to the tender, and yes, juicy, shrimp. They came intact, shells, heads and all, but thankfully had been de-veined. The process of peeling these steaming hot delights can get super-messy, hence the importance of wearing the plastic apron that is thoughtfully provided.
Forget about elegance and dainty table manners, this is for people who are not shy about enjoying their food. The juices left in the bag were so good that they ended up being added to the rice, a brilliant idea as it turned out.
This was all washed down with a Lemon and Mint juice and the same in a smoothie version. It seemed a natural flavor accompaniment to the shrimp, and worked well. A small portion of extremely sweet Coco Tiramisu capped off the meal, before we headed off to continue our evening.
Other Menu Options that Appealed & Beverage Options
We could be tempted by the Mix-it bag with shrimp, crab and oysters on a future visit. Beverage options include smoothies, slushies, juices and soft drinks, plus a good selection of hot beverages.
Décor & Ambience
It’s all about the great outdoors, with only five tables with simple umbrellas arranged around an attractive water feature. The tables and seating are simple and when the food arrives you have a plastic cloth and sheets of paper to protect the wood from the inevitable mess. Food is served in disposable plastic and paper containers, cutlery is plastic, so the whole operation is kept streamlined.
Clientele Mix & Price Range
During our visit the tables were kept occupied with a stream of customers, with the majority being families. It seems that the whole eat-with-your-hands deal is a hit with kids of all ages. Price range is moderate, considering the generous portions. Takeaway is available.
Opening hours: 10 am to 2 am.
Address: Tivoli Dome, Sheikh Zayed
Tel: 0110 104 3334