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Food & Drink

14 of the best Japanese restaurants in Dubai

Mon, August 7, 2023

Indulge in the finest flavours from the land of the rising sun at these city hotspots.

Indulge in the finest flavours from the land of the rising sun at these city hotspots.




Kinoya is a dream come true for its founder Neha Mishra, fondly known as Dubai’s very own ‘ramen queen’. She started her foodie career with sold-out supper clubs before launching Kinoya, which placed seventh on MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants and received a Bib Gourmand in the 2023 Michelin Guide. Loyal fans flock to the venue in The Greens for Neha's take on izakaya and her signature ramen selections, including the spicy miso with chicken broth. An informal Japanese dining experience, it’s all about good food and good times. 

Opening hours: 12pm to 1am (closed Mondays) 
Contact: +971 4 220 2920



Netsui Iftar Dubai

From acclaimed chef Ross Shonhan, Netsu is a Japanese restaurant best-known for its sense of theatre. Located at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, the high-end eatery specialises in the traditional cooking technique of warayakiya – straw fire cooking. The central kitchen is a highlight (expect roaring flames), so don’t miss the grills while you’re there. The sushi is top-notch too, and the restaurant itself is Japanese fine dining at its sleekest. 

Opening hours: Sun - Thurs 6:30pm to 11:30pm, Fri 6:30pm to 12am, Sat 12:30pm to 3:30pm then 6:30pm to 12am 
Contact: +971 4 777 2232


Mimi Kakushi


Located in the Restaurant Village at Four Seasons Resort, creative Japanese restaurant Mimi Kakushi is in good company, counting celebrated restaurants such as COYA and Nusr-Et as neighbours. Step inside and you’ll feel transported to another world. The generous use of wood, vintage paintings and pops of green foliage create an almost homely vibe, while chefs work on artfully-plated dishes in the open kitchen.

Opening hours: 6pm to 2am, plus 12pm to 4pm on Fri, Sat and Sun 
Contact: +971 4 379 4811




This traditional izakaya-style concept in Garhoud should be towards the top of your list. Fujiya Japanese Restaurant is the big sister of Kimura-Ya in Business Bay, and the menu is packed full of classic, delicious dishes including hotpot, sushi, ramen and more. The vibe is friendly and the interiors are suitably pared back, making it a great place for enjoyable food and conversation. For a slice of authentic Japanese food in Dubai, you can't get much better than this. 

Opening hours: 12pm to 1am 
Contact: +971 4 702 8846




Sustainability and freshness are the order of the day at this traditional Japanese restaurant in Souk Al Bahar, serving up the choicest seafood and seasonal ingredients. Dishes include an impressive range of sushi, sharing platters and popular mains, such as the sticky teriyaki beef and black cod that falls in lovely pearly chunks. Don’t skip dessert – the fried banana with ice cream and chocolate sauce is a real delight. 

Opening hours: 1pm to 2am 
Contact: +971 4 441 9262




Another authentic izakaya-style restaurant, Kimura-Ya specialises in shabu-shabu hotpot and nabemono-style variations. A well-known name in Tokyo, it is a testament to the eatery's popularity that there are now multiple branches across the city. The fact that a Japanese team is behind this venture, from the delicious food to the authentic interiors, is evident from the moment you step through the door. The setting is immediately welcoming, with the menu placing an emphasis on traditional plates. 

Opening hours: 12pm to 1am 
Contact: +971 4 444 1455




A trendy favourite among Dubai International Financial Centre's after-work crowd, Zuma is one of the most-loved restaurants in the city. Since opening in 2008, its popularity has only grown with time. Dishes are served in a steady flow as they are ready, allowing diners to sample each at a leisurely pace. Order from a comprehensive menu of Japanese classics that includes miso-marinated black cod, sushi and a selection of larger dishes. 

Opening hours: 12pm to 3:30pm, then 7pm to 12am 
Contact: +971 4 425 5660



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This culinary gem infuses creative genius with classic Japanese ingredients and traditional Arabian influences. Created by renowned Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the restaurant is located in the ultra-luxurious Atlantis, The Palm. Choose from an extensive menu of classics including the legendary Nobu black cod, plus premium wagyu and fresh seafood. The dessert menu boasts irresistible choices such as cheesecake and mango brûlée. 

Opening hours: 6pm to 1am, plus 12:30pm to 3:30pm on Fri, Sat and Sun 
Contact: +971 4 426 0760


Reif Japanese Kushiyaki


This casual dining spot in Jumeirah's Dar Wasl Mall has won a slew of awards for its take on Asian street food, and it also has a vibrant branch in Dubai Hills Mall. Helmed by chef extraordinaire Reif Othman, the menu primarily plays with Japanese flavours, including silky soft homemade ramen and hearty sea bass claypot rice. Robata grilled skewers and sushi are other specialities that keep diners coming back for more. Don't leave without trying the incredible matcha fondue

Opening hours: 12pm to 11pm 
Contact: +971 4 255 5142



Hōseki Dubai

Enjoy an authentic omakase menu at Hōseki in Bulgari Resort. Every course is expertly prepared by Japanese sushi master Masahiro Sugiyama and his team, while an intimate setting with just nine seats, effortless service and ingredients flown in straight from Tokyo ensure a memorable meal. Head over to find out why most foodies dream of ticking this restaurant off their bucket list. 

Opening hours: 1pm to 3pm, then 6pm to 11pm (closed Mon and Tue) 
Contact: +971 4 777 5555



okku carpaccio fish sushi japanese

This stylish restaurant and lounge in Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah showcases contemporary Japanese cuisine with an international twist. Dishes are sent out from a 20-metre-long sushi station and robata grill, where skilled chefs put on an impressive show. While the menu features many classic and contemporary dishes, it’s the sourcing of high-quality ingredients, including fresh fish and super high-grade wagyu beef imported from Japan, that truly elevates the dining experience. Highlights on the menu include the signature starter of spicy tuna crispy rice and OKKU’s take on the famous black cod. 

Opening hours: 6pm to 2am (closed Sun) 
Contact: +971 4 666 1566



Sumosan Dubai

Sumosan Dubai joins branches in other global culinary capitals like London, Courchevel and Berlin in creating authentic Japanese cuisine with a modern approach. Located in The Dubai EDITION Hotel in Downtown Dubai, the restaurant brings Far Eastern-inspired minimalism and an elegant, earthy palette to its design, which also features the JBar indoor terrace. Popular with foodies and celebrities the world over, Sumosan specialises in bringing novel twists to traditional dishes in a relaxed yet classy atmosphere, which includes a regular rotation of world-class DJs. 

Opening hours: 12pm to 2am 
Contact: +971 4 388 4540



Sushi Clap

This cool, Beirut-born restaurant is housed in the Gate Village Building 11 at Dubai International Financial Centre and serves up contemporary Japanese cuisine. Decor-wise you’ll be greeted by walls lined with books – and a huge chandelier made out of 2,100 toys. The space is buzzing in every corner – with an open kitchen on one side of the indoor section promising live culinary action and shimmering views of DIFC from its alfresco terrace. 

Opening hours: 12pm to 2am 
Contact: +971 4 569 3820



ROKA Dubai

The little sister of Zuma and the brainchild of acclaimed chef and restaurant founder Rainer Becker, this Japanese restaurant calls Zaha Hadid's Opus building its home. With several branches already in London, including in Mayfair, ROKA Dubai is the first international venture for the popular spot that’s best known for basing most of its signature dishes around the robata grill. Contemporary wooden furniture and hanging greens make up the interiors of this Business Bay eatery. While the indoor section is buzzing with plenty of seating and upbeat music, the gorgeous outdoor terrace space boasts impressive views of the iconic Burj Khalifa. 

Opening hours: 12pm to 3:30pm, then 6:30pm to 12am (or 12pm to 12am on weekend) 
Contact: +971 4 439 7171

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