Restaurant Review » Fairmont Fujairah’s Copper Lobster - a reel catch

Fairmont Fujairah’s Copper Lobster - a reel catch

CopperLob gifThe early morning fishing catch being brought in will always be a living testament to Fujairah’s heritage. Despite this, Fujairah always seems to have lacked the seafood by the seafront that is so abundant in coastal cities, especially in the sphere of fine dining.


Along the coast from Fujairah city to Dibba, the Fairmont Fujairah’s opening has been anticipated for some time now: it’s the latest resort to join the ever-growing list of seafront property between the two cities. 


Needless to say, we were delighted to have been invited to the launch of The Copper Lobster, a sea grill restaurant with a nautical vibe. The premise of the restaurant is to serve fresh seafood, but with their signature creative twist. 


It’s certainly not your everyday grill restaurant, but at the same time is- there are lobster tanks, a cozy copper gilded bar and outdoor seating with the slightest salty ocean breeze off the marina.


Along with a few people from the Fujairah and Dibba business community, the launch was attended by food writers and senior management from the hotel. After a cocktail reception being introduced to each other, the restaurant space quickly filled as we gathered around long communal tables (for the purpose of the event) and the first plate were brought out; a variety of house specialties. 


The influence of Chef G’s Italian roots started to become apparent; a Burrata Alla Romana- a soft creamy cheese served as an antipasto, served with artichokes and a basil tomato gel; and Trio Tartar, consisting of diced salmon, tuna and lobster and prawn crackers. Also brought out was their signature Lobster Mac and Cheese that seemed to disappear in the blink of an eye, which was understandable having tasted it.


CopperLobMac3 gifNot long after the table was cleared, béarnaise sauce and a few far from basic side dishes were brought out. A bright, hearty paella dish appeared, and then a large clay pot stole the show, with a flaky pastry top begging us to reveal its contents. Also quietly making the rounds was a slab of buttery Tomahawk Rib Eye- cooked to perfection despite being a supporting act.


There was a distinct sense that the Copper Lobster had tried to create ties within their menu; not only luxurious finishing twists on the classical menu, but also with a few allusions to the local catch and cuisine. Beneath it’s pastry crust, the clay pot was Omani lobster and vegetables in rich, sweet-spiced tomato gravy. We were also informed that the pots are made locally for the hotel. 


The Fairmont team all demonstrated this very genuine commitment to alluding to local heritage in an innovative, yet respectful way. There was talk of working bringing business to local fishermen, farms; doing a daily catch special to try and keep the operation sustainable, local and fresh.


Although everyone was extremely full, the table came to the conclusion that dessert didn’t count and a final selection of signature desserts were brought out: colorful, eclectic platters scattered with sticky toffee pudding, macarons, rich chocolate tortes, and homemade marshmallows. The resilient diners persevered until every dessert had been tested. We thanked our hosts, and exited through the property.


Noticing the property’s décor as we arrived at the event was pushed aside with initial introductions, (coupled with the fact we were a little late). It’s bold, modern yet ornate Arabesque décor. There are details everywhere when you look. The modern/traditional fusion seems to be something of a signature.


CopperLobdessert gifOn the recommendation of a friend, we also had a quick look at their poolside bar and lounge, IAMMAI- a balcony overlooking the sea, the mountains, the marina. ‘It’s very still’, we were told, and they weren’t far off. It was truly peaceful with nothing but a few lights reflected on the water, chatter and the bubble of a few shishas. The sunset pink of the building with illuminated against the dark, quiet night. 


All set into a stylish, grown-up poolside we wouldn’t mind passing time by on a lazy Friday morning. The whole evening showed a lot of promise for the hotel, for the community and for the future of tourism in the region. It was well worth the wait.


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