I’ve long head people raving about this place and now I know why, the fish market concept is certainly not new but having a counter staffed by one of the most knowledgeable managers I’ve come across is a definite bonus.
The menu is also really informative giving detailed descriptions of each cooking style for your choice of fish or seafood and it’s a great reason to visit this resort out in Sitra which is often overlooked but offers a great setting it its own small bay.
One drawback, or possibly bonus depending on your view, was the Richard Clayderman-style piano music seemingly running on an infinite loop – we listened to the same tunes four times before we stopped counting!
To start I chose tom yum soup which was suitably spicy and bursting with juicy fresh prawns, none of your frozen stuff here. My companion went for the spicy Thai soup, which was a little too hot for her taste but they were happy to take it away and tone it down a little.
For mains, I went for squid cooked in lemon juice and garlic, which turned out to be the stand out dish of the evening with my non-meat eating dining companion declaring it the best she has found on the island.
Absolutely tender and bursting with flavour, I think next time I will just order this and a glass of the house grape which is very reasonable.
Her choice was a fish called Arabi, which I have not come across before. It came lightly spiced and grilled to perfection with the flesh tender but still firm and falling from the bones.
We also tried the garlic and lemon prawns – large and super tasty but I wished I had asked for a little chilli in the cooking to add some zing.
For accompaniments we had garlic and parmesan mashed potato, not really needed since the serving of squid was enormous (I even took home a doggy bag), but truly a delicious matching a flavours and textures. We also had a large salad, again really fresh, crisp and tasty with a selection of leaves, carrots and sweetcorn, and probably the best variety of steamed vegetables I have yet found on the island.
We had little space for desert but the trolley looked very inviting with crème brulee, various cakes and ice creams.
My only reservation is that, on a first visit, it’s difficult to gauge how much you’re ordering since you pick your fish and weigh it and we did end up with rather a lot of food left over so perhaps order a small amount to start with and then go back for more.
The bill (for two) 2 soup BD5.400 1 squid BD12.969 1 fish BD8.568 1 mashed potato BD1.250 1 bayshore salad BD2.900 1 mixed vegetables BD2.500 Water BD1.334 2 teas BD2.000 1 house grape BD1.667 Total (inc tax and service) D53.786
The Fish Market
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