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Hanabi, Asiana Hotel
Nominated for Best Japanese
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Of the Asiana Hotel’s two Japanese restaurants, this is the larger and better established on the Dubai dining scene, offering far more variety than neighbouring izakaya-style Yuraku. As with the adjacent Korean restaurant, Sonamu, you’ll invariably find lots of Asian folk tucking into authentic dishes here, and that always bodes well. You can take a seat in the smart-looking main dining room or reserve one of the private rooms with sunken seating and tatami floors. Either way, you’re in for some excellent traditional Japanese cuisine – everything from noodle and rice dishes to seaweed salads, grilled fish and of course sushi and sashimi. Flavours and ingredients are authentic and the quality is consistently high. While Hanabi, which means fireworks in Japanese, won’t blow you away, it’s the type of place you’d happily return to time and again, attracted by the warm, professional service, delicious food and excellent value for money.
Open daily noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. Asiana Hotel, Deira (04 238 7777).


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