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Armani/Hashi, Armani Hotel Dubai
Nominated for Best Japanese
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Boasting one of the finest, most exclusive settings in the entire city, Armani/Hashi wows diners as much via its setting as its food. If it’s cool enough, opt to sit outdoors at the base of the world’s tallest building overlooking the world’s tallest fountain. You’ll get to watch the water come to life at least three or four times during your meal – perfect if you’re entertaining or looking to impress guests. Indoors, the restaurant is in keeping with the hotel’s understated, minimal design, a suave bar area at the entrance, opposite a lengthy sushi counter where the chefs can be seen at work. Classic sushi and sashimi are available, but you’ll find the maki rolls more intriguing, containing more unusual ingredients like apple and burdock. Don’t miss signature dishes such as the indulgent lobster teppanyaki or Chilean sea bass with miso (a beautiful alternative to the more common miso black cod). Portions are small, though, and prices high, but that’s to be expected – this is Giorgio’s hotel, after all.
Open daily 7pm-11pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3888).


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