Though we have been to the Four Seasons, it would be our first time walking into their gardens, and to dine in Sea Fu. As you would expect from the Four Seasons – their gardens are carefully manicured and every corner appears to have been designed for that picture-perfect snapshot. Add in those fluffy clouds that appeared on the Saturday that we chose for the afternoon date – I was quite relieved that it did not rain that day 😉
So – how is Sea Fu like?
Let’s start from the beginning.
Where is Sea Fu?
Sea Fu is Four Season’s “asian-inspired” seafood restaurant. It’s right by the beach – so you can choose to sit indoors if you wish, or outdoors looking out onto the Arabian gulf (and Jumeirah Bay Island…. which I have yet to set foot on).
What’s on the menu?
Going through the menu – you have sushi and sashimi, crudo and salads to start, moving onto main courses and wok-fried dishes.
It’s what I’ll call ” fine dining by the beach “, where you can go simple with some sushi averaging around 70 AED for 3-pieces, or splash out completely with platters such as the ‘Royal Sushi Platter’ at 1000 AED.
Have a browse through Sea Fu’s menu here.
What did we have?
We started with a little bit of this and that to whet the appetite. 3-piece sashimi (60 AED), 3-piece salmon maki (45AED) – blame the husband for all that salmon. He is not very experimental when it comes to dining out, unfortunately.
Having just tried the Soft Shell Crab sushi roll at February 30, I decided to go with something different this time. Yuzu Tempura Prawn sushi roll it was – 8 pieces for 90 AED. For this dish, they use squid ink rice, and I did love the spicy mayo – something different, ay?
The Japanese yellowtail ceviche (110 AED) came served with thai basil ice cream – pretty original I would say (or that we are just at the beginning stages of eating out a lot more…), though small on the portions side. The green mango salad (50 AED) served with dry shrimp and thai dressing was adequately spicy and appetising.
Instead of going for the dim sum platter, we thought we’ll try their truffle gyoza instead – 5 pieces (105 AED). As with all dishes, we did notice that all our dishes were beautifully presented.
For mains – the husband went for the black cod (205 AED) – served with japanese plum, ginger soy marinade and on the sides – beetroot yuzu puree. We were glad that they did go overboard with the soy as some venues do. It was an exquisite plate of cod, though the husband did comment that he wouldn’t mind portions being bigger.
My steamed canadian lobster (260 AED) was delicious, served with somen noodle and chia. The server poured the dashi broth and then the lemongrass butter sauce on, at the table – which is always a nice touch.
We finished the afternoon with two desserts – our usual favourite – mochi ice cream (which is the same everywhere, but Sea Fu did step up the game with presentation). And a coconut sorbet – light and a little sweet, just as we wanted.
How was the crowd and vibe?
Looking around on a late afternoon over a weekend, we did notice that most guests were there on a date. There are a few families – possibly those who are staying in the Four Seasons and have popped in for lunch. Everyone is (very) well-dressed – so keep that in mind when you are getting ready for an afternoon at Sea Fu.
To mention – every Saturday between 1:00 – 4:00pm they do have a live duo band. Music by Zak on keyboards and Ayesha Reid on vocals. Music felt quite ‘old-school’, but it was nice anyhow – to have live music whilst dining in Sea Fu.
Sea Fu is such a romantic venue. I would highly recommend not to bring the little ones here, and save it for that special date. Dining here is fairly expensive and portions are on the small side – but the taste, presentation and ambience does make up for it. Get dressed up and come to Sea Fu for a nice, fancy afternoon (or evening, if you wish) with your other half. Let me know how it goes 🙂
- Sea Fu
- Beachfront at Four Seasons Resort Dubai
Overall capture of Sea Fu
Disclaimer : We were guests of Sea Fu to review the menu over lunch.