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Calicut Paragon, Dubai

Calicut Paragon was recommended to me right here on Tumblr in my comments section, although I can’t figure out by who anymore. Thanks and apologies to whoever it was who gave me the tip!

Specializing in South Indian seafood, the joint had long lines but they moved rather quickly. We only had to wait about 20 minutes even though we arrived at 9:30pm, prime time for dinner in Dubai. Here’s a look…

The house specialty, grilled garlic and chilli Tawa fish…

Sesame cauliflower, which was incredible…

Shrimp in coconut curry with tarragon, if I remember correctly…

Mutton curry…

Masala fried chicken, bone-in, with pickled onion…

And all the fresh baked nan you could eat…

This whole meal, with two large bottles of water, was only $27!

CALICUT PARAGON

20 B St.

Dubai, UAE

+971-4335-8700

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Bu Qtair, Dubai, UAE

When I was researching places to eat in Dubai, most of what kept coming up were UAE outposts of fancy foreign restaurants serving Western food, which I was not interested in. And the deeper I dug looking for local grub, the more I was told that there is no “local” cuisine in Dubai. People kept explaining that Dubai is only 10% Emirati and the other 90% of the city’s population is made up of ex-pats, with most of the restaurants catering to them. But persistence paid off and I came across the name of one place where supposedly only locals eat that I should try… Bu Qtair, a small beach shack that only served daily catches of fish to workers in the area. Sounded right up my alley!

Having been warned Bu Qtair is a bit hard to find, I popped into my hotel’s concierge to ask for directions. He immediately tried to persuade me from going.”It’s not for foreigners. It’s too small for you. It’s too hot for you. You won’t like the food.” He gave me every excuse in the book to steer me to somewhere ritzy before giving me rough directions to the joint, telling me it’s right next to the Burj Al Arab…

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Well, it’s not. My cabbie got lost and had no clue where he was going. So we stopped into the Jumeriah Beach Hotel for better directions, and again the concierge there did her best to warn me off Bu Qtair, explaining I wasn’t going to like it, that they had a very limited menu of food I probably wouldn’t enjoy anyway. I ignored her too, more determined than ever to eat there.

After my taxi dropped me in the totally wrong place, I ended up having to use Google Maps to find the joint, walking about 20 minutes out in the 100 degree heat. But finally, like an oasis I was never supposed to find, there was Bu Qtair…

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The inside of the place wasn’t as small as I expected, so that was a relief, but Bu Qtair definitely caters to locals only. There were no forks, knives or spoons; you have to eat with your hands per local tradition, so there was a sink to wash in upon entry…

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Once you cleaned up, you grabbed a stool and pulled up a seat at one of the communal tables..

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When I originally walked in, it felt like that scene from Animal House, where the joint suddenly got silent with everyone turning to stare at me. But once I went to sit down, it was smiling faces all around and I was warmly welcomed into the lunchtime crowd.

There are no menu here. You get the daily special. Whatever the local fishermen had pulled in that morning accompanied by sides and rice…

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The catch of that day was a local fried white fish that no one could really give me the name of, served with a sort of papadum…

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Sides were a coconut curry and a SPICY okra and green chili soup. I love heat but could only handle about half of the small bowl…

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Turns out the curry also had sardines in it…

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Not bad for eating only with my hands, eh?

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Full disclosure… as I was struggling eating the rice and curry with just my fingers, the waiter kindly found a plastic spoon for me. Made things much easier, but I think he just wanted me to eat faster as other customers were waiting.

They keep bringing around extra rice and fish which you can help yourself to if you’re not full. You also have the choice between warm tap or cold bottled water.

In the end, when I went to settle up, with a bottle of water added in, my whole lunch only cost me 8 dirham, or about $2.50!!

I am so glad that I did not let anyone dissuade me from dining at Bu Qtair as the experience is one of mt fondest memories of my entire trip to Dubai!

BU QTAIR

4 D St.

Off Jumeriah Beach Road

Dubai, UAE

Note: If you do go, tell your cab driver to drop you off at the Fisherman’s Accomodations on Jumeriah Beach Road and you’ll find Bu Qtair right across the street. It’s definitely NOT near the Burj Al Arab as many guides say!

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Bite Me Fish Market, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

BITE ME started as sportfishing company that would charter boat trips for tourists who wanted to fish in Hawaii. A lot of the fish that gets caught by vacationers isn’t used as they have nowhere to clean and cook it, so Bite Me opened a small fish market to sell what they and their clients caught. The operation then expanded one step further to include a small, no-frills restaurant attached to the market where you can go to eat some of the freshest fish caught on the Big Island each day!

The morning we went, a few boats had just come back and the catch of the day was a fish called “hebi”, or spearfish…

"More steaky than flaky", as we were told…

We ordered ours served two ways. Mutsumi went with hers grilled with eggs and rice…

I went with a spearfish stuffed omelette…

It was excellent!

Kiawe red potatoes on the side…

Accompanied by Bloody Mary made with sake…

Situated right on the harbor, you get great views off their back deck as you eat! Not the fanciest food, but definitely one of the tastiest meals we had on the Big Island… just the way we like it!

BITE ME FISH MARKET BAR & GRILL

Honokohau Harbor
74-125 Kealakehe Pkwy

Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
808-327-3474

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Town, Honolulu, Hawaii

We made reservations at TOWN mere minutes after booking our flights to Hawaii. Chef Ed Kinney has created a temple of taste and its beliefs are based on the use of local Hawaiian ingredients and traditions. Here’s a look…

Homemade bread to start…

Crispy whole menpachi with a pa’i’ai (deep fried taro) salad to kick off the meal…

How good was it?

This good…

Next up was handmade linguine with yellow cauliflower, capers, chile and white anchovies…

As a main course, we had what was easily one of my favorite dishes of the year, local rabbit loin with leeks and Hawaiian sunchokes…

So tender and juicy…

Wrapped in its own belly before cooking…

Served with the heart and liver…

Just delicious!

And for dessert, a dark chocolate & salted caramel pretzel-crust tart…

It’s no wonder that Town has enthralled this entire city!

TOWN RESTAURANT

3435 Waialae Ave #104

Honolulu, HI 96816

808-735-5900

http://www.townkaimuki.com

 

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Nico’s Pier 38, Honolulu, Hawaii

Nico’s Pier 38, the restaurant, and Nico’s Pier 38 Fish Market, are located on Pier 38 (obviously!) here in Honolulu, at the front of the warehouse where the daily fish auctions are held. So they sell and serve some of the freshest fish on the island that you didn’t catch yourself!

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We went for lunch and got the Catch of the Day plate lunch…

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Yesterday’s catch was swordfish, perfectly grilled and simply fantastic…

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Served with a crab and lobster cream sauce…

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And of course, Hawaii’s ubiquitous and delicious mac salad…

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We’d also heard amazing things about the Fish Market’s poke, which is not served in the restaurant, so we of course had to go next door and try it out…

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After sampling almost every variety, which was more than you see above, we went with their Ahi Deluxe…

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And Marlin Shoyu…

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Both were outstanding!

Nico’s is also popular with locals for a few of their non-seafood dishes, like the chicken katsu and orange chicken, which both looked tasty, so I think we’ll be back.

NICO’S PIER 38

1129 North Nimitz Highway

Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 

808-540-1377

http://nicospier38.com

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