On the azure blue waters of the Dubai International Marine Club is a lineup of some of the world’s most expensive yachts. Nestled between these beauties is a rustic, deep mahogany dhow. A relic of the past, this dhow has now been converted to an award-winning seafood restaurant; Aprons & Hammers.
The restaurant has bagged the title of ‘Best Seafood Restaurant’ three years in a row at the What’s On awards, and with this scenic backdrop to boot, I knew we were in for a major treat.
The weather was still permissible enough to allow us to sit out on the deck of the dhow. The dhow has been so immaculately refurbished, and I couldn’t get enough of all the gorgeous mahogany wood. And then there was the lull of the sea, deep blue, dreamy, majestic. Ofcourse I got click-happy!
But the stunning backdrop is only half the story… the food here is absolutely immaculate! My husband is a typical steak and chips kinda bloke, and although they have this option as well on the menu, even he has been raving about the delicious, Instagram-worthy feast we digged into. Here’s a look at our gastronomic seafood lunch:
We started off with a platter of Oysters on ice. Such a treat! Loved these beauties with generous dollops of squeezed lemon and Tabasco.
We got a plate of Blazin Hot Wings for my little one, but I have to admit Hubby and I had more of her share! These were exceptionally juicy and well coated with hot and sweet sauce.
However, my absolute favorite from our appetizers round was their Watermelon & Feta Salad. This salad features seedless cubes of watermelon, salty feta, a toss of olives, assorted greens and an impeccably good olive oil and lemon dressing. When the server came to clear our table for the mains, I insisted I wanted to hang on to this bowl till I cleared it!
Given it was a bright, sunny afternoon, I was craving chilled glasses of mojito. We had it by the jugful at Aprons & Hammers. This is their classic Lemon Mint Mojito, but what sets it a class apart is that they’ve used brown sugar here. This delicious pitcher was the perfect accompaniment to our elaborate spread.
Hubby was thrilled to find his favorite beer, Hoegarden on the menu. At Aprons & Hammers, they serve beer by the pint!
The Main Course
Where do I begin? The lobster, the crab, the mussels? At Aprons & Hammers they do everything from under the sea!
This is our bucket of Mussels in Saffron Sauce, a signature dish at Aprons & Hammers. My little one loves mussels! I think it must be the thrill of getting the meat out of the shell that pleases her. Add to it the gentle ‘ting’ of dumping the empty shells into the waste buckets, and you have a very preoccupied 6 year-old at the table! And that saffron sauce is absolutely rich, smooth and creamy. Forget the calorie-counting, and have it by the spoonful. The neighboring tables will totally get you 🙂
Love Singaporean Crab? At Aprons & Hammers you can choose from a variety of crab, and have it in that classic peppery sauce. We went for Mud Crabs, and got our hands dirty hammering away!
And this monstrously large beauty is Aprons & Hammer’s Lobster Thermidor. This 1 kg serving of lobster is easily enough to feed a table of four. The meaty lobster is topped with a cheesy white sauce, making it quite the hunger buster.
My favorite main-course from the afternoon was the Seafood Paella. I am not a huge paella fan, but the one at Aprons & Hammers is to die for. The rice is absolutely drenched in a very aromatic tomato-based sauce, and the paella features a whole load of treasures from the sea. This large platter can easily feed a crowd of four, and we had to pack up leftovers and enjoyed it that very night infront of the tele.
Dining at Aprons & Hammers is an experience in itself. It’s not every day that we get to dine at DIMC (Dubai International Marine Club). The panoramic sea views here are spectacular, and add to it the rustic charm of the beautifully refurbished dhow.
When it comes to the food, you only need to dine here once to understand why this place has won not one, not two, but a total of four awards by What’s On Dubai for their seafood. At Aprons & Hammers, even Hubby wasn’t missing his steak and chips.
My personal favorites here were the oysters, the Watermelon & Feta salad and the Seafood Paella. Aprons & Hammers, I hope we meet again real soon!