Sublime sushi and sashimi

Updated: Jun 10, 2019


Beyond the elsewhere-mentioned Zuma, Dubai is home to a fair few standout Japanese restaurants,including an outpost of Nobu. Better still, TOMO (+971 4 357 7888) at Raffles Dubai, is helmed by chef-owner Chitoshi Takahashi who has devised a vast menu of authentic Japanese delicacies, best navigated with the help of your waiter.


Akira Back was once a professional snowboarder. But since swapping corkscrews for chef whites, the hugely talented Korean has won a Michelin star for the kind of food he serves up at Paru (+971 4 556 6666) on the rooftop of Caesars Bluewaters Dubai: modern Japanese that marries myriad flavours in perfect union. Plump sashimi and a sky high standard of rolls (from the obvious spicy tuna to the inventive 'harmony', a decadent fusion of foie gras, wagyu beef and lobster tempura) set the scene for a meal that delivers time and again before dazzling with a dessert called the lemon — we'll leave the surprise for you. You'll enjoy it all the more from Paru's atmospheric terrace — one of the best al fresco dining spots in the city.


There’s a fun vibe over at Izakaya at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai (+971 4 414

3000). For a start, the so-called Wasabi Girl (she has wasabi coloured hair) makes the head-blowing Japanese mustard at your table. Yet the food is of serious quality; plump, fabulously fresh sashimi and inventive sushi creations are always on the mark.


Position yourself in full view of the live teppanyaki counter at Morimoto Dubai at Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai (+971 4 512 5577), which showcases Masaharu Morimoto's trademark culinary style, with seasonal seafood flown in from markets around the world, including Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji and Fukuoka fish markets.


DXB City Expert is produced for dnata Travel by HOT Media © 2019.

All rights reserved.