When we hear the name ‘Fisherman’s Hub’, we think of a diners joint usually seen in movies where there is a central open kitchen that’s whips up various seafood dishes, where all the tables are occupied by noisy diners and there’s alcohol all around. But that’s not the scene here. This restaurant is very child friendly as they have a family room that is separate from the bar counter. There are two entrances too – one directly from the main street which leads into the bar area and one from inside the Arabian Courtyard Hotel, in which it is situated, and this leads into the family area. The Arabian Courtyard Hotel is located in Meena Bazaar, directly opposite the Dubai Museum.
This restro bar is well-known for its seafood and Indo-Chinese dishes. And equally famous are its vegetarian dishes. Infact, there was a pure vegetarian amongst us and he too loved the variety of vegetarian dishes served.
The service is impeccable, and the staff are extremely courteous and always eager to help. A special shout-out to Manoj, our server, whose cheerful attitude and wonderful service made our time at Fisherman’s Hub a wonderful experience.
As soon as we were seated in the family area, we placed orders for starters and their best cocktails. Over the course of time, we tried quite a few cocktails like Blue Hawaiian, Sex on the Beach, Mojito, and Bloody Mary. My favourites were Whisky Sour and Cosmopolitan. As the name suggests, Whiskey Sour is not at all sour, the subtle flavour of cherry mixed with whiskey was pleasant and refreshing. Also loved the Berry Banana Tequila shots. A new one for me.
We also tried a variety of starters from veg. to chicken to mutton to prawns. In kebabs, we had one veg. and one non-veg platter. Veg. Asmani Seekh Kebab, a mixture of corn, spinach, potatoes and carrots with a hint of fresh coriander leaves, was refreshing, while the Chicken Banno Kebab was juicy and delicious.
Then we had Paneer Oriental, huge chunks of paneer prepared in spicy Chinese sauce with an Indian touch. It was really spicy, but it went well with the drinks. Another Indo-Chinese dish that we tried was Baby Corn Mushroom, a totally vegetarian one and well relished by all.
Among seafood, we tried Prawns Tawa Fry, prawns coated in a lil spicy batter, fried on a tawa (frying pan) and served as a sizzler. Also tried Tandoori Chicken and Prawns and Chicken Hakka Style, both were prepared well, and the meat was juicy and succulent.
For mains, we had Mutton Rogan Josh and Veg. Diwani Handi. We were so full that our tummies couldn’t handle any more but they were so tasty that our mouths couldn’t stop 😊 The mutton pieces were soft and the curry was flavourful. I’m not very fond of mutton but this one really ticked all the right boxes. Never did I expect the veg. Diwani Handi to be this good. Afterall, most vegetarian curries taste the same, right??!! Wrong!! This was different and tantalizing. Also served was a Bread Basket loaded with various types of Indian breads.
At the end of this huge meal, we were decided to go with just one Gulab Jamun with a small scoop of Vanilla Ice-cream. How can we not have a dessert!!! Soft, hot gulab jamuns with vanilla ice-cream are the best!! But the show-stopper was Flaming Gulab Jamun. Gulab Jamun is set on fire right in front of your eyes…. A very Insta-worthy moment!! The alcohol used is orange-flavoured (forgot the name 😉) and it leaves a pleasant orange flavour in the jamun and in the syrup. I would definitely recommend this over the regular gulab jamun.