Restaurant Review – Aprons & Hammers

About Aprons & Hammers:
We’re no strangers to Aprons & Hammers – an award winning seafood joint that’s claimed its spot for being one of the best seafood restaurants in Dubai. What’s not to love about this place? Their ambiance and decor is unique and true to the character of the restaurant, they serve freshly caught seafood and their service is speedy and commendable.
We are occasional customers of Aprons & Hammers and love dining at the historic dhow located at DIMC Mina Seyahi. It’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the view of the Dubai Marina. However, for our review we decided to dine at their second location for a change that’s situated at The Beach, JBR. We love how the theme of the restaurant is consistent throughout all its branches with wooden hues and warm tones. The vibe is very relaxed, casual, inviting and laid back – perfect for large gatherings and family dinners.
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The Food:
As we were seated and given the menus, our very friendly server guided us through the menu pointing out some of the most popular dishes and “must haves”. We began by ordering our round of starters which included Classic Crispy Calamari, Steamed Black Pepper Clams, BKK Pomelo and Shrimp Salad and Beetroot, Goats Cheese and Quinoa Salad. We absolutely adored the BKK Pomelo and Shrimp Salad. The dressing had heat but wasn’t too spicy, the pomelo added freshness and the shrimp added a beautiful flavor and texture. We also loved how perfectly cooked the calamari and clams were. We could taste the freshness in both these appetizers and just couldn’t stop munching away.
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When the time came for our mains, we just had to go for the Mighty 1kg Mud Crab freshly prepared straight from the restaurant’s tanks. Make sure to try the mud crab with the chili sauce. The succulent pieces of crab go brilliantly with the tangy flavor of the sauce. Delicious!
We also opted for a small Shrimp Bucket that went perfectly with the Olive Oil, Garlic, Lemon & Chili sauce. The size of the prawns were huge and cooked just right. The flavor of the sauce was mild and didn’t overpower the freshness of the sauce. Loved it! We also ordered the Aprons & Hammers Paella which is a specialty of slow cooked seasoned with saffron, paprika, garlic and olive oil with a generous serving of fresh seafood. The paella tasted as good as it looked and the portions were as expected – enormous! However, we weren’t too fond of the basmati rice incorporated in the paella. Spanish short grain rice would’ve been much better.
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For dessert, we ordered our favorite – “Sensational Chocolate Fondant”. This dessert truly is one of the best chocolate fondants we’ve had (and trust us, we’ve had millions!). The fondant wasn’t too bitter or sweet; it was just right. It’s no wonder we swiped our plates clean.
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Address & Contact Details:
The Beach Mall
Jumeriah Beach Residence
Dubai, UAE
Tel: 04-4547097

The Bill:
Classic Crispy Calamari – Dhs 48
Black Pepper Clams – Dhs 48
BKK Pomelo and Shrimp Salad – Dhs 68
Beetroot, Goats Cheese and Quinoa Salad – Dhs 68
1kg Mud Crab Bucket – Dhs 285
Small Shrimp Bucket (12 piece) – Dhs 185
Aprons & Hammers Paella (Medium Pan) – Dhs 215
Sensational Chocolate Fondant – Dhs 35

Ratings:
Ambiance: 3/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Value: 3.5/5

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