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Sho Cho, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Nominated for Best Japanese
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Sho Cho is all about dining under the stars by the beach. The restaurant’s indoor space is pleasant enough – a narrow, modern interior of whites and blues – but for the best experience, visit during the cooler months so you can dine outdoors and make the most of the location (try to get a table at the water’s edge). The white, yacht-like decking protruding out past the hotel’s beach exudes a Mediterranean cool that’s not dissimilar to nightspots in Ibiza, with chill-out music, a bar in the centre, lounge area on one side and dining tables on the other. Food-wise, there’s much to recommend, including the creative Sho Cho rolls and the much-lauded rock shrimp tempura. It’s not the most refined or delicate Japanese cuisine you’ll find in Dubai, and most dishes have a distinct Western edge, but it’s tasty, relatively affordable and portions are generous. The extensive mixed drink selection also makes Sho Cho ideal for sundowners. Throw in the fantastic setting, and you have yourself a winner.
Open daily 7pm-midnight. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah, (04 346 1111).

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