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Kiku, Le Méridien Dubai
Nominated for Best Japanese
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It shouldn’t come as a great surprise just how busy Kiku can get. One of Le Méridien Dubai’s numerous restaurants, its proximity to the airport no doubt attracts travellers on stopovers, but you’ll find plenty of local Dubaians here, too. In the cooler months, opt to sit outside, while indoors you’ll find an interesting, varied space, offering traditional dining on tatami mats in the private rooms, stools along a short bar as well as more conventional dining at tables positioned around an attractive central water feature. Large kimono displays, light woods and grey stone complete the picture, making for an altogether agreeable environment. The menu boasts just as much variety, with all bases covered, from sushi to sashimi, teppanyaki to tempura, and dishes broiled, steamed, grilled and fried. If you’re on a budget, go for the well-priced set menus, but pretty much everything’s affordable, not to mention tasty and well cooked. You may also find a few ingredients that are otherwise hard to come by.
Open daily 12.30pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud (04 702 2704).


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