Highly commended – Best Japanese
Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2012

Okku, The Monarch Dubai
Okku has gone from strength to strength since opening its doors in 2009. Booking a table is essential – those that don’t will find themselves positioned at the no-frills sushi counter, which is an experience unjustified by the final bill. Although extensive, the menu is designed with sharing in mind: small plates of crunchy soft shell crab and spicy rock shrimp provide the perfect warm-up to traditional skewers of chicken yakitori and juicy shitake mushrooms, before the big plates arrive, brimming with melt-in-the-mouth wagyu beef and, of course, the by-now obligatory black cod. While the food and service cannot be knocked, Okku’s preference for catering to the business side of town means the bar area can become quite boisterous at weekends. Definitely worth a visit, however.