Oishii! Kiree! Sugoi! and welcome to the most enticing sushi in Dubai
OKKU’s miso black cod and scallop roll This is a pretty unconventional sushi offering, but we’d expect nothing less than innovation from OKKU. These rolls are created with a combination of scallop surimi and asparagus wrapped in soy paper, baked with miso marinated black cod and topped with crispy, vermicelli-like strands of potato and spring onion. You’ll love this if you like… Nobu’s now ubiquitous, ‘new Japanese classic’ of miso marinated black cod. Dhs95. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).
SushiArt’s spicy ebi roll This casual dining French brand is an aesthetically focused concept, and you’ll find some pretty attractive-looking concoctions on the menu. You’ll also find exclusive creations by French Michelin-star chef Joël Robuchon, such as this combination of shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado and yuzu. Finally, that flower-like garnish is in fact a purple potato chip, adding a little Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) touch. You’ll love this if you like… ceviche, another combination of raw fish with chilli and citrus tones, and added Latin character. Dhs36. Marble Walkway, DIFC (800 220).
TOMO’s scallop nigiri While Dubai has a wealth of upmarket Japanese-fusion concepts, TOMO’s strength is in its deliciously un-bowing respect for the classics. Here, you must try the height of traditional Japanese perfection, because leaving ‘hotate’ (or scallop) raw simply maximises its lushly creamy qualities. You’ll love this if you like… A simple seafood tartare. This nigiri is the natural next step. Dhs30. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 357 7888).
Nobu Dubai’s ‘Nobu-style’ sushi platter This selection of ten signature nigiri is a showcase of chef Nobu’s signatures and new-style Japanese cooking, with plenty of Peruvian flavour packed in. As such, you’ll find one-of-a-kind creations such as yellowtail jalapeño, salmon with yuzu truffle, king crab ceviche, seared foie gras and wagyu beef with miso salt. You’ll love this if you like… Dubai’s finest Latin menus – chef Nobu’s fusion touches have something in common with them. Dhs350. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Karma Kafé’s rainbow roll Within this roll you’ll find spicy crabmeat, prawn tempura, cucumber, avocado, asparagus and spicy mayo. But it is the glistening flesh of different raw fish varieties (salmon, tuna and yellowtail), in a vibrant palette of creamy-peachy-pinky colours that makes this extra inviting to the eye. You’ll love this if you like… A fresh seafood salad, since this is an extravaganza of fresh ingredients from both sea and garden. Dhs89. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).
Zuma’s dynamite spider rolls Time Out Dubai’s Best Japanese, and Restaurant of the Year for 2014 serves some knock-out sushi creations. This Zuma signature offers a complex crunchy-spicy-creamy dynamic, created with soft-shell crab, chilli mayonnaise, cucumber and wasabi tobiko sauce. You’ll love this if you like… Chinese-style soft-shell crab. Think of this roll simply as separate elements of your Chinese dinner (rice bowl included) reconstructed together as sushi. Dhs82. Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 5660).
Asia Asia’s Thai maki This fusion creation was devised to recreate the sensation of eating Thai-style curry and rice, but in a sushi roll. Inside, you’ll find chicken katsu, broccoli, asparagus, carrot, Thai salad, curry mayo and green oil. You’ll love this if you like… A classic Thai green curry. Dhs69. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).
Armani/Hashi’s sweet sushi rolls Save some room for a sweet ending to your sushi meal because in the dessert section you’ll discover this platter. On it you’ll find the citrus nigiri (lime rice topped with kumquat and mandarin gelee), the raspberry litchi roll (vanilla rice with lychee and raspberry gelee) and the exotic nigiri (coconut rice, kiwi and dragonfruit). And those flowers? They are edible too. You’ll love this if you like… Thai street food favourite mango sticky rice. These creative sweet sushi rolls are a similar mix of sweetened rice and exotic fruits. Dhs60. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Kahlifa, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Toko Dubai’s scampi nigiri with foie gras Among the selection of innovative signature sushi creations on Toko Dubai’s menu, the ‘tenaga ebi no nigiri’ is one that truly embraces the possibilities of fusion with a combination of scampi, indulgent foie gras and a final aromatic flourish of truffle oil. You’ll love this if you like… The intense flavours of both foie gras and truffle. Dhs80. Vida Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 442 8383).
Sho Cho’s Burj Khalifa of sushi Semi al fresco sushi spot Sho Cho set itself the challenge of recreating this iconic Dubai monument entirely out of sushi exclusively for Time Out Dubai. After hours of trial and error, Sho Cho’s chefs hit success, creating this monolith of sushi layers. To build it, they used maki rolls from the à la carte menu, including California, Philly, tuna, salmon and avocado maki. Rolls from Dhs32. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111).