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Food & Drink

Must-try sushi restaurants in Dubai

Thu, April 14, 2022

Whether you like simple nigiri or are a fan of fusion maki, there's a Japanese spot in Dubai that'll satiate every sushi craving.

Whether you like simple nigiri or are a fan of fusion maki, there's a Japanese spot in Dubai that'll satiate every sushi craving.

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Book a date night to remember at CLAP

Sushi Clap

Perched on a rooftop at Dubai International Financial Centre, this Beirut-born Japanese fusion eatery has established itself as a buzzing destination. From the moment you enter the playfully decked out space, you'll know you're in for a special night out. Luckily the excellent cuisine matches up to the setting. Their sushi options are both classic – the o toro nigiri is pricey, but worth it – and inventive, like their signature surf 'n' turf roll which combines wagyu beef and king crab.

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Admire authentic fare at Hoseki

There are only nine seats at this intimate restaurant at the Bulgari Resort, where you're treated to a truly traditional Japanese experience. The spotlight is firmly on the sushi with a multi-course menu devised on the day by chefs who determine what's the freshest catch, paired with sharp freshly-grated wasabi. This is one for serious foodies wanting to save themselves a trip to Tokyo.

3

Discover brilliant deals at Karma Kafé

An all-you-can-eat deal is perfect if you are looking to get your fill of Japanese delicacies without breaking the bank. And at Karma Kafé, not only can you get multiple platters but prime Dubai Fountain views too, thanks to their regular promotions. Expect select menus featuring classic sashimi, nigiri, rolls and miso soup for value-packed prices on weekdays, and all-out brunches every weekend.

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Explore fusion flavours at 3Fils

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Modern Asian cuisine is on the menu at the MENA's 50 Best Restaurants top spot, with a dazzling array of sushi on offer. Perched on the water at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, 3Fils draws inspiration from Tokyo and the rest of the Far East, yet the team puts their own stamp on every dish. The crispy eel roll sees unagi teamed with foie gras and yellow pepper mayo, while the soft shell crab roll is topped with truffle caviar.
5

Try something new at Mimi Kakushi

Drawing inspiration from the 1920s, when the jazz age was permeating Osaka's nightlife, Mimi Kakushi at Four Seasons Resort has a very distinctive vibe that extends from its soundtrack to its retro-chic interiors. Its food, however, is unabashedly modern, with the kitchen not shying away from introducing bold accents to every plate. Expect every dish to be perfectly balanced, but with sour, spicy and sweet elements all coming to the fore.

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Order tried-and-tested classics at Zuma

There's a reason why, over a decade since it first opened its doors, you still need to book ahead if you want to dine at Zuma in Dubai International Financial Centre. You are always guaranteed food of the highest quality, served promptly in a lively atmosphere, while surrounded by its honey-hued, chic interiors. Sit near the sushi counter so you get a view of the masters at work.

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Feast on celebrity creations at Nobu

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Widely renowned for popularising contemporary Japanese cuisine and introducing it to a global audience, chef Nobu Matsuhisa's eponymous restaurants are still the gold standard when it comes to sushi. His elegant Dubai outpost at Atlantis, The Palm doesn't disappoint with a long and inventive menu that is constantly evolving, but staying true to its signatures as well.

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Soak in stunning views at TOMO

Situated at the tip of the pyramid that plays host to Raffles Hotel Dubai, TOMO has established itself as one of the most traditional Japanese restaurants in the city. You may be lured in by the promise of an authentic culinary experience, but an added bonus are the stunning vistas of the city's endless skyline. Reserve one of the tatami tables and you'll feel like you're seated in Shibuya.

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Satisfy cravings at Reif Japanese Kushiyaki

This homegrown haunt, with chef Reif Othman at the helm, puts the spotlight on Japanese street food, served up in a relaxed setting. Located at Dar Al Wasl Mall in Jumeirah, the open kitchen is the centre of attention, with meticulously-crafted maki sent out to regulars. Take your seat in the relaxed, wood-accented interiors and enjoy a plethora of sharing plates, with specials ensuring regulars keep coming back for more.

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Dine with the family at Yugo Sushi

What started out as a neighbourhood favourite in The Greens now has foodies heading to multiple branches (you'll find it at Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Jebel Ali Village too) for a wallet-friendly feast. Yugo Sushi caters to both seasoned sushi lovers as well as little ones, with lots of cooked and vegetarian plates to pick from. There's a reason why the uramaki platter, filled with signature volcano, California and king salmon rolls is such a bestseller.
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Enjoy fine food and flair at SushiSamba

SushiSamba Dubai

Bringing the best of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culture and cuisine to Dubai's shores, the first Middle East location of SushiSamba can be found on the 51st floor of the Palm Tower at Palm Jumeirah. Think sweeping views of the city skyline and vibrant aesthetics, perfectly complementing a menu of distinction. Signatures include the Samba Dubai roll with lobster, mango, avocado, soy and aji honey truffle.

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  • Level 51 - The Palm Tower - The Palm Jumeirah - Dubai
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Dine al fresco at ROKA

The little sister of Zuma, this Japanese restaurant has the honour of calling Zaha Hadid's Opus building its home. ROKA Dubai is the first international venture for the popular London spot, featuring an extensive sushi menu including soft shell crab and kimchi maki and a stunning crispy prawn and avocado maki with wasabi mayonnaise. While the indoor section is buzzing with plenty of seating and upbeat music, the outdoor terrace boasts impressive views of the Burj Khalifa.

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