A SEAFOOD LOVER'S DREAM AT FINZ

Love seafood? This might just be the best place in Abu Dhabi to enjoy it!


If you had to explain the experience of dining at Finz in a couple of words, coastal luxury would set you on the right path. Wind your way through the leafy, beachside gardens and up to Finz, perched on the water, with a white, high ceilinged interior, lobster-trap lights and an open kitchen, flanked by fresh fish on ice - we instantly knew we were in for a seafood treat. The best seats in the house are on the deck: literal over-water dining; the gentle waves washed up below us as we dined. 


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STARTERS


Where to begin? First to appear, the seared sea scallops arrived cooked to perfection and as pretty as a picture: delicately adorned with greens, a wafer reminiscent of a sailing boat and topped with tobiko. The tuna foie rolls were topped with caramelised foie, the balance of flavours definitely worth a second helping. The Fine de Claire hand-shucked oysters were perfectly complemented by a pink pepper mignonette, but equally delicious without - don’t pass up these French darlings of the oyster world which even had our oyster-hesitant diner went back for seconds!


We found the grilled baby calamari and chorizo a perfect intersection amidst the starters: the veal chorizo filling and thin medallion of potato grounded the dish.

MAINS


The star of the show, and almost too pretty to eat, give it up for the lobster Thermidor! In true seafood restaurant fashion, chef German Heurta rolls out weekly and monthly specials, subject to seasonality, catch and quality - and we were lucky enough to catch this Thermidor. Encased in the butterflied lobster shell, the creamy wine sauce and tender lobster meat accomplished a rarity for us: silence. All chatter stopped and the lobster was demolished - a resounding success


With a tough act to follow, the seabass held its own. Served on a bed of braised onion, lentils and duck confit, we managed to somehow find room and were glad for it - cooked to perfection, each element deserved its place on the plate. 

DRINKS AND DESSERT


A picture is worth a thousand words, and we must have taken fifty: the pavlova deserved its own red-carpet moment. A twist on the classic - pavlova purists, stay with us - the berry filling, crunchy meringue and coulis on a bed of paper thin strawberry slices ended the meal on the perfect note.


Drinks were expertly prepared, perfect for an afternoon in the sun, or an evening by the water. We sipped on mojitos and virgin pina coladas, though the bar menu is extensive and a separate show all on its own. 

An upmarket offering in the city with views to match, Finz provides an outstanding experience from beginning to end. The staff are excellent, the setting difficult to beat and the food absolutely sings: perfect for a special occasion, but don’t wait for one to try it out - treat yourself. You’ll be glad you did!


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Open: 12PM - 12AM (last food orders at 11.15PM) | daily

Booking: 02 697 9000


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Danika Star

1/29/2024