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Café Sushi, Fairmont Dubai
Nominated for Best Japanese
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Good things come in small packages – a phrase befitting of this tiny, prepossessing sushi joint in the Fairmont Dubai. With barely enough space to seat more than 20 diners, you’d be forgiven for missing or even dismissing Café Sushi, but looks can be deceiving, as the rolls here are mouth-wateringly good. Pick any one of the signature rolls and you won’t go wrong. The unagi eel and cream cheese-filled ‘Dragon’ as well as prawn and avocado-packed ‘Caterpillar’ are particular standouts, their delightful, almost experimental ingredient combinations rewarding your willingness to go off-piste with every bite. Order the seared tuna salad – melt-in-the-mouth with added crunch courtesy of an inspired sprinkling of sesame – or the kaiso seaweed salad, washed down with a generous bowlful of traditional miso soup, and your meal is satisfyingly complete. Sure, the casual conveyor-belt sushi bar surroundings mean you won’t want to linger, but for a quick bite we can’t recommend Café Sushi enough.
Open Sun-Thu noon-9pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).

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