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Junsui, Burj Al Arab
Nominated for Best South East Asian
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A pan-Asian buffet restaurant inside the Burj Al Arab, Junsui’s offering spans Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai cuisine. As you might expect, it doesn’t come cheap – roughly the price of one of the city’s more expensive Friday brunches, but without the inclusion of any house drinks. Smartly decorated in chic cream and chocolate hues, Junsui is best visited during the day, when you’re truly able to make the most of the view across the sea. The buffet itself features small portions that are quickly eaten and quickly replaced. Head to the live cooking stations to try fresh Japanese teppanyaki, Chinese noodle soups and Japanese sashimi, where the restaurant’s chefs show off their technique, or if you can’t see what you fancy, ask and they’ll usually make it for you. As you might anticipate for such a venue, most of the dishes are faultless. What you might also expect from the Burj Al Arab, however, is for its restaurants to go the extra mile and add some truly five-star pizzazz – yet Junsui doesn’t quite do so.
Open daily 7am-10.30am, 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6pm-11.30pm. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).

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