Blue Seafood Asia has officially opened its doors in DIFC.
The opening of a new Asian eatery is always a cause for celebration, as is the opening of a new seafood restaurant. And when you pair the two together? Nirvana.
That’s right, nirvana has a new address in Dubai, and it’s packaged as the now-open Blue Seafood Asia at Burj Daman in DIFC. With a menu that has been painstakingly curated to take guests on a flavourful journey across Asia, the all-day dining destination is the latest venture by Black Spoon. And if the name rings a bell, it’s because the hospitality group owns and operates some of the city’s most beloved concepts – Allo Beirut, Bombay Bungalow and MASTI included.
Inspired by the azure oceans of Asia, Blue Seafood Asia is rooted in offering guests an authentic ‘sea to table’ dining experience that’s both premium yet casual. Here awaits a rich showcase of fresh and flavourful dishes prepared by renowned international chefs, bringing together elements of seaside Asia’s lively fish markets and sensational cooking techniques. And adding to Blue Seafood Asia’s relaxed ambiance is its elegant island-inspired décor that borrows inspiration from the abundance of the typical marketplace in Asia – plenty of produce, plenty of good food, plenty of conversations.
Designed over a stretch of 7,000 square feet, the restaurant is also accented by sophisticated Mediterranean and industrial creative touches, an opulent grape station, touches of greenery in every corner, and dining lounges embroidered with tropical designs. The ceiling, meanwhile, is covered with a zestful collage of sea wave decoration and warmly lit wool lanterns hanging overhead. Blue Seafood Asia features a separate casual lounge and dining area accompanied by several live cooking displays and a theatrical kitchen that includes an authentic noodle-pulling station and sushi bar counter, elevated through upbeat tunes. Additionally, the entrance of Blue Seafood Asia boasts a dazzling display of freshly caught fish, crabs and shrimps, reminiscent of an indoor fish market. There’s also a spectacular outdoor terrace for looking to indulge in Asian seafood with a side of the glittering DIFC skyline.
Overseeing the restaurant’s meticulously prepared dishes is Chef Andrei Voitovici, starting with the raw and oyster bar station that displays mouth-watering sushi, nigiri and sashimi platters. Guests looking for sizzling hot appetisers can choose from the tantalising Pan-fried Crab Cake coated with mango, kiwi and papaya sauce dressing or a tangy Prawn Nori Tempura glazed in Thai mayonnaise. Come specialty courses, you can choose from the Tom Yum & Dumplings, Blue Crab Platter and Mussels Pot – the perfect trilogy for seafood enthusiasts. For noodle lovers, the egg-infused Pad Thai Noodles coated with mixed vegetables, fiery chilli paste and crunchy peanuts is a must-order, of course.
Blue Seafood Asia’s drinks menu offers a large selection of options starting from the Bombay Sapphire spirit, bubbly Sangre De Toro, Thai Iced Tea mocktail, brewed premium coffee and black tea all the way to the finest red and white grape drinks in town. We’re told that the show-stopping Matcha Coco Cloud dessert drenched in sour lime zest and ripe mango comes highly recommended, as does the cheesecake infused with lychee, chestnut and mood-boosting rose petals. Commenting on the launch of Blue Seafood Asia, Black Spoon co-founder Pallav Patel, said: “We are truly excited to finally open the doors of our highly anticipated experiential Asian seafood restaurant at DIFC. This flagship social and dining hotspot was conceptualised by our partner, a true fisherman at heart, Fadi Haidar. His idea was to fulfil the demands of those looking to experience a true and authentic Asia in every sense of the word; from the sizzling flavoursome seafood, the festive sun-and-sand atmosphere, jiggly seashore vibes and outdoor music all the way to the warm social gatherings.”
Haidar, meanwhile, added: “Blue Seafood Asia prides itself in catering to the demand of a wider audience of foodies who ‘don’t mind getting their hands dirty’ as they crack open their freshly cooked-to-perfection crabs. We as partners have gone into a long adventurous trip across Asia – from China, Japan and Singapore to Thailand, India and Sri Lanka – and experienced the remarkable depth of the Far East seafood culture to bring this concept to life here in Dubai.”