DINE & DRINK
Re-published: May 25th 2021
Whether you’re a fan of sushi or sukiyaki, it’s easy to find plenty of Japanese restaurants across Dubai. But the real challenge lies in finding the ones that do it just right. So, we set off on a culinary quest to search for five of the best Japanese restaurants in the city. Needless to say, we weren’t disappointed.
99 SUSHI BAR & RESTAURANT
Location: 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant, Address Downtown, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 547 2241
Located in the glamorous W Dubai - The Palm, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back’s self-titled restaurant takes high-end dining to the next level. Boasting spectacular skyline views, it’s simply a delight to indulge in the best of Japanese cuisine, sprinkled with pan-Asian influences, at the gorgeous restaurant on any given night.
Location: W Dubai - The Palm, Palm Jumeirah | Contact info: 04-245 5800
This fabulous dining spot at the Armani Hotel is known for serving some of the most exquisite Japanese dishes in the city coupled with breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai. Expect a modern take on all your traditional favorites paired with a selection of speciality beverages.
Location: Armani Hotel, Downtown Dubai | Contact info: 04-888 3666
KYO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE DUBAI
Kyo brings a hint of Japan to Dubai, allowing guests to experience an authentic glimpse into this inspiring culture and cuisine. Meaning both ‘Today’ and ‘Entertainment’ in Japanese, Kyo is about accepting each day and making the most of every moment.
This ultra stylish Japanese restaurant in Dubai boasts both indoor seating, arranged in a social and contemporary design, and an impressive outdoor lounge, with reserved sections for VIP gatherings. The lounge style seating, authentic Japanese cuisine, attentive service and unforgettable ambiance at KYO combine to bring a one-of-a-kind dining experience to the city.
Location: The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
Timing: From 3:00pm - 1:00am
Contact: +971 4 557 5182
It’s not surprising that internationally renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s creations are loved by some of the biggest names in the biz. From the Kardashians to Robert De Niro, Nobu continues to draw celebrities from all corners of the world. The menu features an interesting mix of Japanese dishes with Peruvian influences. Our favorite? The world-famous black cod, of course.
Location: Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah | Contact info: 04-426 2626
If it’s good enough for the Crown Prince, it’s good enough for us. For fans of traditional Japanese cuisine, TOMO is about as authentic as it gets. Paired with unbelievable views of Downtown Dubai and an extensive drinks menu, a night out at TOMO is definitely an unforgettable experience.
Location: Raffles Hotel, Sheikh Rashid Hotel | Contact info: 04-357 7888
A staple of Dubai’s eclectic food scene, Zuma has been the go-to spot for fans of Japanese cuisine since its inception back in 2008. With its uber-chic setting and brilliant contemporary twist on traditional dishes, Zuma’s popularity continues to soar among foodies in the city.
Location: Gate Village 06, DIFC | Contact info: 04-425 5660
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