The Shortlist

Kisaku, Al Khaleej Palace Hotel
Nominated for Best Japanese

Kisaku impresses with its consistent high standards, authenticity and excellent value. Dubai’s Japanese population seems to be in agreement, too, judging by their numbers each time we head here, and if the restaurant had more in the way of style, location and views, it would easily be contending with the likes of Zuma and Nobu for top spot. The smart, if slightly unadventurous grey stone and wood interior is nevertheless a pleasant space in which to dine, with seating available at the sushi bar, at conventional tables or in private rooms with traditional tatami mats. Staff go about their business smoothly and efficiently, but it’s the food that impresses most, with all manner of Japanese classics and staples offered, not to mention bargain Dhs50 teishoku set meals served with rice and miso soup. Kisaku also serves what is undoubtedly Dubai’s most authentic-tasting ramen – steaming hot bowls of noodles in flavourful broth. If you’re after a genuine taste of Japan, you’ve come to the right place.
Open daily 12.30pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Al Khaleej Palace Hotel, Al Maktoum Road, Deira (04 223 1000).


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