Its surprising for a vegetarian like me to land up at the doorstep of a seafood restaurant like Crab Market. Their Cauliflower Carpaccio is to be blamed for this. All my seafood loving friends were raving about their Cauliflower Carpaccio and posted about it on social media. So I had to pay them a visit and find out for myself.
Crab Market is situated in the 15th Floor of Emirates Financial Towers in the business hub of DIFC. As a frequent visitor to DIFC, it was easy to locate the restaurant.
The Concept according to the team of Crab Market:
A new benchmark for a laid-back seafood dining that offers guests an exceptional selection of Crab which is easy on the pocket.
Focusing on fresh seafood, live crab will be kept in large tanks of sea water within the restaurant. The diverse menu has been curated by award-winning Chef Vladimir Mukhin, who is #23 in the World’s 50 Best, and most recently the subject of a one-hour episode of the popular Netflix series, Chef’s Table. With specialities like Kamchatka Crab from Russia directly from the suppliers, as well as a extensive selection of crab dishes on the menu, guests can enjoy a range of tantalizing delicacies.
Crab Market Restaurant and Lounge is a spacious and inviting venue with a nautical setting. This chic, trendy and sublime place offers a spectacular view of Dubai and the magnificent Burj Khalifa.
After being seated, I had a look at the menu, they had a few good vegetarian options, so it was not a bad idea to visit after all. As an amuse bouche we were served Cubes of Watermelon in a bed of crushed ice.
Their beverage menu is impressive with a range of signature cocktails, classic cocktails, mocktails, wines and other spirits. We tried 3 of their signature cocktails- The Tiki Sour, Bisou Vert and Smokey Contessa. All our cocktails were mixed well and handcrafted to perfection. The presentation was avant-garde.
Yes, the first dish that we ordered was Cauliflower Carpaccio. It had a delicious combination of Parmesan cheese, truffle and finely chopped purple cauliflower. It is a simple dish but the taste is beyond amazing. Their Cauliflower Carpaccio is reason enough to visit.
Next we had the Cucumber Salad that was light and refreshing. We also ordered Avocado & Tomato Bruschetta which was bursting with garden fresh flavor.
For our mains we ordered Ravioli with burrata & black truffle and two side dishes- Grilled Avocado and Pumpkin with pesto. We were also offered toasted Bread.
The Ravioli was delicate and creamy, but it was not extraordinary and the portion size was very small. Loved the grilled avocado and pumpkin with pesto is a simple dish and you cannot go wrong with that.
To satisfy our sweet cravings, we ordered Honey Cake, Sour Cream Ice Cream & Cherry and Mango Panna Cotta with Lychee granite. The Honey Cake, sour cream ice cream and cherry is a moreish dessert, that you won’t stop eating. A definite must-try at Crab Market. We liked the Mango Panna Cotta too, it had a nice texture.
Overall, we had a lovely experience at Crab Market Restaurant. The food, the drinks, the service and the atmosphere was good.
Now coming back to my question, whether a vegetarian can get a decent meal in Crab Market Restaurant- the answer is YES!