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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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