Advantages Fantastic food, faultless service, friendly, authentic atmosphere, child friendly
Disadvantages Slightly more expensive than other fish restaurants
INTRODUCTIONFish Market is probably Alexandria’s most well-known and upmarket fish restaurant that was recommended to us by expatriates in Cairo when my partner and I spent a weekend in Alexandria on a city break.
THE RESTAURANTThe restaurant is actually a part of a complex that houses various eateries such as the Grand Café, the Samadi bakery and the Tikka House situated on the seafront. Its entrance is from the ‘Corniche’, the coastal road that runs along Alexandria Bay and more particularly at the beginning of a pier that leads to the Alexandria Lighthouse and Kaupay Fortress.
It is upstairs where Fish Market is actually found above Tikka House run by the same owners. The restaurant is spacious, imagine a huge conservatory that’s perched above the wave breakers scattered below it. Its all-round bay windows offer a fabulous view over the bay.
The décor is very simple and consists of whitewash walls and the big windows that practically leave no place for walls. The wooden floors and the wicker furniture so prevalent in Egypt also add to the pleasantly relaxing seaside atmosphere. The lighting is pleasant, slightly dimmed and the candlelit tables are inviting to a romantic dinner.THE MENU
There is a handout menu however we didn’t bother seeing it for ourselves and for good reason. All the fishes and various freshly caught seafood are displayed on a huge counter bedded with ice. The staff behind will place the goodies you select in a small plastic basket and will ask or advise you how you’d like them to be prepared. The usual ways are either grilled or baked using olive oil and lemon juice although they do occasionally fry fish or bake it in salt.The fresh selection included locally sourced sea bream, red mullet, sea perch, sole and monkfish and some others as well as salmon which would have come from the Atlantic. As far as seafood were concerned, crabs, seashells and prawns completed the menu. We ordered crab soup and a platter of grilled sea bream, mullet and sea perch for two.
THE SERVICERight from the moment you reach the top of the stairs to walk into the restaurant, you’re lavished with attentive and polite service and hospitality the Middle East is so famous for. As soon as we took our seats, we were served water and ask if we wanted wine which we did.
An impressive selection of 10 mezzes (hot and cold Middle Eastern starter dishes) arrived with the staple basket of flatbread even without us asking for them, they come as accompaniments to any meal you’ll order.Throughout dinner our drinks were refilled and finished plates, empty mezze dishes and dirty cutlery cleared away without you even noticing due to the discreet presence of the staff.
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