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Hanabi Hanabi

Nominated for Best Japanese 14 Comments

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The Asiana’s original Japanese restaurant is clearly a hit among the hotel’s mainly Asian guests, but it’s more than worth the trip if you’re after authentic, traditional Japanese cuisine. The main dining area is no match compared to neighbouring Korean restaurant Sonamu’s high ceilings and imposing decor, but it’s still a comfortable, if slightly cold space. The four private dining rooms, however, offer a more intimate and traditional environment, complete with tatami floors, sunken seating and inset decorative walls. Depending on the time of year, opt for one of the generous, warming hot pots (the oden nabe is our favourite) and then order as many smaller dishes as your appetite will allow. Sushi, sashimi, yakitori skewers, tempura, wagyu steak and grilled fish and meats all feature, and are expertly prepared and presented, but don’t disregard the chef’s seasonal recommendations, where you’ll find a few more unusual dishes. Prices are by no means steep, so you shouldn’t mind being a little experimental, making for an altogether satisfying dining experience.
Open daily noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm. Asiana Hotel, Salahuddin Road, Deira, www.asianahoteldubai.com (04 238 7777).

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Posted by: Muzzi on 27 Mar ' 13 at 13:20

I came here when it just opened and decided to come again after seeing it nominated for best Japanese and the improvement is immense. The food is so delicious and one of the best Japanese I have eaten here in Dubai. Im looking forward to trying the Korean restaurant too as I heard that is great!

Posted by: KishimotoSan on 25 Mar ' 13 at 21:03
  • Best for: Romantic

Amazing japanese restaurant!!starting from the food,service and ambience...i just have a dinner with my wife because we just want to try the food but honestly we really enjoy it..the service was excellent!!we serve by a waiter he always checking us if we need something and he has a great smile also and others waitress..we will definitely comeback to this restaurant!!

Posted by: CrazyFanOfSashimi12 on 23 Mar ' 13 at 22:48
  • Best for: Family friendly

Love this japanese restaurant!!we came there for lunch with my family and we really enjoy the food en the service en specially the ambience!!staff are all very good welcoming us en serving us!!my mother en father are really happy because they love eating japanese food!!you can get more than what you pay for d food its quite reasonable price!!will definitely come more often here!!!

Posted by: SakeMaster Dude on 23 Mar ' 13 at 22:38
  • Best for: Romantic

I really really love this japanese authenthic style resto.the service was really good i feel like when i always come there they treat me like im the vip guest..:').the food was very very excellent!! they have the best sashimi and shabu shabu hotpot!!i always come to eat here with my girlfriend!!keep it up guyz!!!

Posted by: Hana on 15 Jun ' 12 at 11:08
  • Best for: Business lunch

Hanabi used to be one of my favourite Japanese restaurant but not anymore.
From now I will go to Kiku instead.
Food is okay but kind of boring .
What made me upset the most is the service.
I was served by Japanese lady but she was not smiling and always had to ask her to come to our table even it was very empty in the restaurant.
I am sure it is more expensive to have japanese lady to work as waitress,if she can not do amazing service,whats the meaning to have Japanese waitress?

Posted by: Billy on 24 Jan ' 12 at 13:48

No more.... Sashimi and sushi were very bad. Way to slice, way to deco, and taste.
And their service made our feeling so bad. Only 2 groups ware in the restaurant, and they don't come for ordering till we call staff 5 times.
Vary slow serving food. There is no point to recommend this restaurant.

Posted by: Paige on 21 Jan ' 12 at 11:37
  • Best for: Family friendly

Really liked it here. The design of the restaurant is cool with the samurai swords on the roof and i loved the original japanese tatami rooms. Food was really tasty too,definately one of the best Japanese restaurants in Dubai.

Posted by: Danny on 08 Jan ' 12 at 13:47

No more please.....
I felt sick after eating here....

Posted by: lita on 07 Jan ' 12 at 20:22
  • Best for: Family friendly

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This is one of the best Japanese restaurant in Dubai I think. Actually it is little a bit expensive,,, but you won't be disappointed in your choice!!!

Posted by: Hana on 20 Nov ' 11 at 08:19
  • Best for: Business lunch

I can say this is the best Japanese restaurant now in Dubai.
I came here twice for lunch.
They have really nice lunch set and its very reasonable.
Ordered Hanabi set(90AED) and was huge that I could not finish.
They offer green tea for free,which I like since I hate places which change 25aed just for water.
Also the green tea icecream is amazing too!!
There are many japanese waiter and service is really good too!!
You will feel like you are in Japan!!!

Posted by: Mohammed on 05 Nov ' 11 at 12:22
  • Best for: Family friendly

I will not go back to this restaurant.
service, food, deco...Nothing special there and expencive.
There are many better Japanese restaurant in Dubai.

Posted by: Sam on 28 Aug ' 11 at 19:37
  • Best for: Family friendly

This is authentic Japanese restaurant!!
I have been there with family and colleague. Actually I was very impressed about the quality of food & service there. Better to try there once. This is the real Japanese restaurant, not like fusion style restaurant.
And they have promotion mostly every month. Sukiyaki & shabu shabu was awesome.

Posted by: Samurai blue on 27 Aug ' 11 at 09:33
  • Best for: Family friendly

I believe this restaurant is No.1 Japanese restaurant in Dubai & U.A.E.
Food was excellent, Service was very warm and very Japanese style. I feel I am in Japan when I visit Hanabi every time because of the food, service and ambience. Better to try real authentic Japanese food at Hanabi.

Posted by: Samurai blue on 24 Aug ' 11 at 19:42

I believe Hanabi is No.1 Japanese restaurant in Dubai now.
Food was amazing and authentic, service was very good and very Japanese modern ambience.
I feel I am in Japan when I have meal in Hanabi all the time.
This restaurant is real Japanese restaurant in Dubai.


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