Alto Mar

Portuguese seafood restaurant Alto Mar recently opened in Jumeirah, just a stone’s throw from the stretch of other restaurants along the Fishing Harbour area. In doing so, it has doubled Dubai’s Portuguese restaurant scene to a grand total of two – both venues headed by chef Luís Salgueiro. The restaurant itself is a simple and unassuming place, predominantly decorated in white with a handful of dark wooden fixtures that call to mind a ship’s cabin. Running down the centre of the room is an aquarium with a fish tank for decorative purposes, and a small selection of the day’s catch on ice.Within a broadly European selection of dishes, both seafood and Portuguese favourites pop up regularly (Portuguese-style steak, codfish and cataplana to name a few). The menu is, however, still widely appealing, rather than being restricted to either Portuguese and/or seafood, with plenty of choice for most diners. The real draw for seafood lovers will be the day’s catch, since you can select a whole fish and choose how you’d like it prepared. Sticking to a relatively sea-themed selection seemed the right thing to do at Alto Mar. Starting off, the fried prawns seemed to have been (instead of fried in oil), bathed, even drowned in butter. And that is no criticism. The prawns themselves were good, but the flesh slightly mushy and grainy. But with all that butter, along with plenty of parsley and softened confit-sweet chunks of garlic, it was simply delicious. This is not a dish for dieters, but it’s a good one to share and an even better dish to mop up with bread from the basket provided. From the selection of fish displayed, we opted for sea bass, which the waitress advised be grilled. Once it arrived, she offered to fillet it at the table, and did a quick and neat job of doing so. The fish was grilled with a little olive oil (and was served with a nifty little pipette of lemon juice on the side). The combination was succulent, fresh and delicious. The fish was teamed with a simple little side salad and a generous bowl full of new potatoes, which also seemed to have been generously introduced to butter. Again, not for January dieters, but definitely for everyone else; in moderation. Service here is not award-winningly sleek, but it is friendly and sweet natured. On leaving the restaurant, one waitress even kindly offered to let us try a Portuguese soft drink next time we return. In an emirate that rarely has that feeling of neighbourhood eateries, Alto Mar succeeds in creating that same vibe of no frills, but good food at good prices.

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