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Food & Drink

Must-try sushi restaurants in Dubai

Thu, June 3, 2021

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, with stunning views over the area, this Beirut-born Japanese fusion eatery has established itself as a buzzing destination. From the moment you enter the playfully decked out space, with stacks of books and a chandelier of toys at the reception, 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 lined up at the wooden dining counter at this intimate restaurant at the Bvlgari 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 the chef who determines 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.

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Discover brilliant deals at Karma Kafé

An all-you-can-eat deal is ideal 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 Sushi Sundays promotion. Their popular Let The Good Times Roll offer gives diners three hours to pick what they'd like from their select menu featuring sashimi, nigiri, rolls and miso soup for just AED200 per person, including beverages. Don't miss the sriracha salmon roll.

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    Explore fusion flavours at 3Fils

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    Modern Asian cuisine is on the menu at this much-loved sushi spot perched on the water at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour. Though inspiration is drawn from Tokyo – and the rest of the Far East – 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. This might be the only place in Dubai to try a creamy uni hand roll.
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    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 Dubai 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. Citrusy yuzu and garlic uplift the smashed hamachi, while jalapeno relish adds punch to a salmon tataki.

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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, expertly preparing multi-layered platters that are as pleasing to the eye as the palate.

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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. There are 22 types of simple sushi alone – ranging from otoro to caviar de sologne – with a whole page dedicated to hand and cut rolls too.

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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 you get from floor-to-ceiling windows in every direction. Reserve one of the tatami tables and you'll feel like you're seated in Shibuya.

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    Satisfy casual 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. Our top tip? Splash out on the special omakase set menu served by Reif himself on the counter: this June it is themed around World Sushi Day.

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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 one of four branches (you'll find it at Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Business Bay and Dubai Silicon Oasis too). Polished wood tables, monochrome Japanese illustrations and statement lighting combine for a chic aesthetic that suits this casual, well-priced option. 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. Book now: +971 4 236 0223

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