If you like Bu Qtair in Umm Suqeim, then you will like Hot Fish. If not quite an official branch, it is owned, managed and run by…um, family. Located behind the Al Serkal Building in Karama, opposite Filipino favourite, Hot Palayok, Hot Fish poses a bit of a dilemma in the summer as it only has outdoor seating. Yes, it’s shaded and cooled with giant a/c blowers but still…it’s far from what I’d call comfortable.
The restaurant follows the same tried and tested Bu Qtair system whereby you choose your fish and/or shrimp, both of which are pre-marinated in their standard concoction of spices. These are then fried or (in the case of the fish) grilled – or both. The secret of this humble restaurant is that they use the freshest fish available. Along with the fish and shrimp, you also get a plate full of (not the best quality) steamed white rice and a bowl of delicious, slightly spicy, South Indian, coconut-based curry sauce. When combined you have nothing less than culinary heaven.
Hot Fish is hugely popular with the South Indian community in Karama so expect a wait if you arrive at peak mealtimes. Its popularity is not only because of the fresh fish and delicious food, prices are very affordable too. The servers and staff are friendly and not at all stuck up like at famous big brother, Bu Qtair. In fact, I recommend Hot Fish to Bu Qtair any day of the week. The only problem is the outdoor seating.
Waste NOT. Want NOT.