Sea Fu is in a class of it’s own
Definitely a top contender for a Special Occasion restaurant in Dubai, find out what makes Sea Fu a bit classier than some of Dubai’s other top seafood venues. Come with me to Sea Fu at the Four Seasons.
The Location of Sea Fu
Sea Fu Dubai is located on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Resort in Jumeirah, Dubai. It’s a beachfront restaurant that has tables both inside and out. The inside dining area constitutes a medium sized elegant space with an open seafood counter where French Vietnamese Chef Pierre Barusta runs an assured and confident kitchen.
The Food at Sea Fu
As it’s name suggests Sea Fu is all about sea food. I think Sea Fu stands out because of the skills of the French Vietnamese chef Pierre Barusta. He has managed to combine Dubai’s love of Asian style sea food with a French Haute Cuisine style that’s really evident in a lot of his dishes. Try the humbly named Lobster Macaroni and some of the sashimi that has slightly seared pieces of salmon sitting on top of little mounds of rice. The oysters from Brittany in France really tasted of the sea and made an excellent starter.
The line caught Sea Bass crudo was perfect and is the best carpaccio type fish I have eaten in Dubai so far. Similarly the soft shell crab with spring onion and honey sauce was generous and perfectly cooked. I urge you to try the potato fondante as a side, forget bread, make this your carb of choice. Deliciously French again but worked brilliantly with the seared black cod and roasted Chilean seabass made with Balquees honey.
The Ambience at Sea Fu
Sea Fu isn’t a huge restaurant (about 50 or so people could be seated inside and the same number outside) so the staff are able to make you feel important and special and the service offered is very personal. There was a large, quite dramatic display of vivid purple coloured orchids cascading down a set of vases in the centre of the room which I fell in love with. The ambience is relaxed, classy and elegant without being overbearing or stuffy. The open plan kitchen adds to the restaurants informality that is in complete contrast to it’s food!
Good to Know About Sea Fu
There is an extensive outdoor bar area where you can have a drink before or after dinner and you can sit outside and eat as well. I think this restaurant would have a completely different feel in the day to the evening as you get the spectacular sea views. That said, I think it’s a great choice for a romantic evening out. Sea Fu currently (September 2015) has a Spanish themed Paella based Friday and Saturday brunch that seems excellent value for Dhs 250 considering it includes some Cava, main courses and dessert. Timings from 1pm to 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays. This seems like a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon in light of the delicious weather about to descend on Dubai. Perhaps bank on skipping dinner if you intend doing this brunch!
Room for Improvement at Sea Fu
- The desserts at Sea Fu that we tried were elegantly constructed but I would have preferred a little less variety on one plate and something more simple. My top dessert is still the Macha caramel at Novikov.
- The indoor lighting in the evening could have been slightly warmer to make even more of the gorgeous flower arrangements and seaside setting.
- There is limited choice for vegetarians but the few dishes they had sounded really tempting to me based on the Asian herbs and spices that would be used. But the restaurant is called Sea Fu!
Prices at Sea Fu
3 spicy tuna maki rolls for Dhs 30 seemed excellent value (ask for the sushi menu) and all sides including the potato fondante were Dhs 35 (around half the price of some other top seafood places in Dubai!) the very high quality Sea bass crudo was Dhs 135. Main courses are around Dhs 200 or so.
Sea Fu is open for both lunch and dinner and I am very excited to try the Saturday barbecue starting on October 17th but till then try the Paella and Cava brunch for Dhs 250, FAB value I think for a meal at the Four Seasons and food from Chef Pierre Barusta. Maybe you want to stay at the Four Seasons in Dubai, check out if Hotels.Com can give you a deal on a package there. Remember you can earn free nights if you book via them as well.
Would you agree that this a a good choice for a Special Occasion restaurant in Dubai?
Let me know what you think, maybe I’ll see you at Sea Fu!
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