An au­then­tic Sin­ga­porean restau­rant that serves some of the best crab

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This cosy hole in the wall restau­rant and bar is tucked away down the side of the Dubai Creek in Marsa Al Seef. The area is still fairly quiet but packs a lot of charm, with small lights bright­en­ing up path­ways and the sandy stone walls flood­ing into view as we walk into the en­trance of Kim’s. Con­grat­u­lat­ing our­selves for find­ing the venue so eas­ily, we walk straight over to the bar for a pre-din­ner bev­er­age. Sig­na­ture drinks in­fused with South East Asian flavours are poured and en­joyed as we soak in our ca­sual yet chic sur­round­ings, full of won­der­ful illustrations and neon art.

Hav­ing glimpsed at the menu al­ready we know ex­actly what to or­der and ar­rive hun­gry. We start with the Golden Pump­kin Soup, which con­sists of shred­ded crab and juicy prawn meat in a de­li­cious soup. Home­made chicken prawn rolls and bar­be­cue sam­bal squid is next up and ar­rives soon af­ter the hearty starter. The grilled squid is siz­zling on a hot plate and cov­ered in a slightly spicy sam­bal chilli paste. It looks in­cred­i­ble, but the taste is some­what un­der­whelm­ing and the tex­ture is a lit­tle too chewy for our lik­ing. Mov­ing on we try the home­made rolls – minced chicken and prawns are mixed with wa­ter chest­nuts, car­rots, Sin­ga­pore five spices and soy sauce. The squidgy meat rolls are much more en­joy­able and go per­fectly with the sweet chilli sauce. De­li­cious.

The main event, and the rea­son we are sit­ting here tonight, is the Black Pep­per Crab. One of the most pop­u­lar ways crab is served in Sin­ga­pore and for good rea­son, too. Whole crab is cooked with black pep­per, but­ter and shal­lots un­til a sticky black sauce is formed from the con­coc­tion. We put on Kim’s branded aprons and gloves and pre­pare for the messi­ness that’s about to com­mence. Tools at the ready, it’s time to get crack­ing. Get­ting into it is ac­tu­ally fun, in fact it’s the high­light of our evening. Crack­ing bits of shell and fish­ing out suc­cu­lent lumps of crab meat and dip­ping it into the but­tery sauce is taste sen­sa­tion. We’ve got bits of the dish all over us, so maybe don’t or­der this if you’re on a first date. Oh, and make sure you get some man­tou (read: fried buns). They’re sweet in taste, but the ideal and de­li­cious way to mop up any ex­cess sauce you may have left­over. Kim’s is a great spot, and de­mands your at­ten­tion. It’s cer­tainly worth a trip for the view of the glis­ten­ing Dubai Creek alone. And the crabs, ob­vi­ously.

Kim’s Sin­ga­pore Seafood Where: Marsa Al Seef, umm hu­rair Con­tact: +9714 370 8288

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