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Chez Sushi
Nominated for Best Japanese
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A bright and airy sushi and bento spot just a stone’s throw from Safa Park, Chez Sushi is the casual Japanese dining venture by the people behind swanky Jumeirah eatery ShoCho. Friendly staff happily guide customers through the menu, which features dishes ranging from classic maki rolls and teriyaki mains to contemporary fusion dishes such as ceviche and calamari salad – all made fresh to order. One of the best features of the menu is the option to custom build your own rolls – which will either be a great success or utter failure, depending on your ability to combine flavours. Creating your own also allows you to choose healthier options such as brown rice, and your own toppings and dressings, from California-style cream cheese to tangy yuzu to Mediterranean spicy lemon. The thoroughly famished won’t be disappointed by the salmon teriyaki bento, which features a generous serving of fish fillets, tuna sushi, salmon sushi, California maki, tempura and mixed greens. While we won’t blame you for wolfing it down, do leave room to try the café’s ever-changing selection of Japanese KitKat flavours, such as green tea. A satisfying lunch indeed.
Open daily noon-midnight. Al Wasl Road, (04 380 5780). Other locations: Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina (800 78744).

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