Time Out Says
Sometimes only the fanciest of restaurants will do. And if you’re after opulence, Emirates Palace is top of that list.
After winding your way through lavish lobbies and lofty corridors you’ll find yourself at seafood restaurant Sayad. The interiors are as eye-catching as the rest of the hotel, being lit up with bright blue lights to give off an under-the-sea vibe. It’s hardly understated, but that’s not how things are done at Emirates Palace, after all.
We choose to sit outside on the more low-key terrace, which has stunning views out across the grounds and a more mellow vibe.
Service is slick but the dining room is quiet on our visit, with only a handful of other diners. And while the setting may be grandiose, the food is a little more restrained.
The clear highlight is the grilled Galician octopus, which comes delicately grilled, the flavours lifted by a hint of piquant smoked paprika. The crispy ginger and garlic calamari, shrimp and oysters are nice enough, too, but pale in comparison to the octopus.
For mains we opt for the grilled red snapper from the fish market-style menu and it’s fresh and tasty. But the other main, black cod, is fairly bland in comparison. There is a powerful sauce to go with it, but its too rich for us. We also find the potato purée we order on the side to be a bit too gloopy.
If you’re looking for a night out at Emirates Palace and fish is on your mind, then head here. It’s not all perfect, but it is impressive.
WHAT IS IT...
Fancy fish restaurant at Emirates Palace
If you have cash to splash
12 Feb 2019
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