Eastern Mangroves Promenade.


Had an amazing lunch today at Flooka with hubby and the kids. Absolutely gorgeous setting right on the water overlooking the eastern mangroves, lovely and fresh light wood decor with high ceilings adding a feel of space to a floor that is a little crowded with tables - though we didn't feel it because we were the only ones eating at midday. Staff were very friendly and efficient but not at all intrusive (heavenly). We were completely left alone unless we needed something and then we were attended to in very good time.

The bulk of the menu is made up of Lebanese mezze dishes, half of which are fish or seafood, there are only three or four "main" dishes but one of those is the pick your fish have it cooked as you like concept. Because we were there for lunch we went for lots of mezze dishes, but if we go for dinner I'll definitely be doing the pick your fish option.

We had a rocket and zaatar salad, batata harra (dry fried potato cubes with chilli and coriander) whitebait, crab salad (a huge mound of fresh white crab meat, gently dressed) grilled calamari, prawns Provençal style (swimming in a light brown, thick garlic sauce), fish sojok (hard, little spicy sausages in a great sauce of tomatoes and peppers) and fish taouk. Absolutely everything was fantastic. Each dish was genuinely delicious, hubby and I couldn't believe just how good it all was and we stuffed ourselves in a show of gluttony that could have earned us a spot in Se7en.

The standout dish was the fish taouk, without a doubt. The fish was actually quite dry, but was saved by the marinade which was so enticing it rendered us both speechless and able to communicate only in the universal language of eyebrows. It was served with an amazing garlic sauce and fabulous chips.

There’s no kids menu but with mezze dishes my little boy was satisfied sharing what we had and ate his weight in calamari and whitebait.

Bill for three was 520.30 including designer water (forgot to ask for local 🙄), two lemon juices and a bottle of beer. Four solid stars for the whole experience. My stars are hard won 😉 Our new favourite fish place. We will be back.

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