The Shortlist

Umai
Nominated for Best South East Asian

While some new openings become talk of the town before anyone's taken the time to try a bite, other far more worthy ventures appear to slip under the city's radar. After opening in early 2014, Umai is clearly one such example. Meticulously decorated in a blend of sleek modernity and traditional Far Eastern touches, there's a definite Japanese focus to the decor. But alongside a large sushi selection, teppanyaki and yakitori grill offerings, the menu strafes into pan-Asian fare, with Chinese dim sum, stir-fried and noodle dishes from across the Far East. However it's the more daring, cross genre-referencing signature dishes at the close of the menu that put this place in the must-visit category. Well, that and the service – on our last visit the staff were warm, funny and rather incredibly well informed, something that is too often a rarity in this town.
Open Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm; Fri 7pm-11.30pm. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay, www.oberoihotels.com (04 441 4444).

By Time Out Dubai staff

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