‘Where is your lobster from — Canada or Scotland?’ It’s the kind of line that is completely legit if you are a fish connoisseur and happen to be in Novikov.
Fish is in right now, and Dubai is booming with restaurants to serve all your sushi and sashimi cravings. Novikov, now an established Dubai favorite, is a top choice not only thanks to its cool crowd and chic interiors, but more importantly for the quality of seafood it attains from top international resources.
Tried and tested, the sea urchin from Japan, rose shrimps from Portugal, tuna from Spain, and caviar from the Amur River between Russia and China are all Savoir Flair favorites. Don’t forget to look around while indulging in the food, as the restaurant is known to be frequented by international celebrities visiting Dubai.
Below, Novikov’s Head Chef, Shane Macneill, shares his top tips to note before ordering fish.
“Because of overfishing, one-third of global fish populations are overexploited and dangerously low, so choosing pole- or line-caught fish maybe a client’s way of stabilizing stocks. Joining a community-supported fishery is an excellent way to know exactly where your fish comes from, who caught it, and how. By simply asking your restaurant if it offers sustainable seafood, you can help shape demand for fish that has been caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways.”
“Mercury levels in fish are extremely high and getting higher, so stick to fish and seafood that contain the least mercury, such as red mullet, plaice, sardines, and scallops.”
“With regards to people who have a preference to lean and fatty fish, or fish that are high in flavor, I would suggest the following: For fatter and full-flavored fish, the choice would be salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, and tuna. For leaner and lighter-tasting fish, I would suggest Dover sole, halibut, skate, sea bream, sea bass, and cod.”
Novikov’s new menu, with exciting dishes such as lobster thai pepper, chu-toro quail egg, and truffle gunkan, makes it another excuse to book in a visit very soon and put your newly gained knowledge to practice.
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
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