Nominated for Best Japanese 57 Comments
Don’t let the hotel’s somewhat odd exterior and dated decor put you off, because the food at Kisaku is excellent. Popular with Dubai’s Japanese residents, the restaurant’s simple interior of grey stone tiles, wooden ceiling and sushi bar certainly doesn’t look award winning, but it’s pleasant enough, with additional private dining available with sunken seating on tatami mats. Things start to get exciting, though, as soon as you open the menu. It features a range of very reasonably priced set meals as well as sushi and sashimi. There are light bites, too, such as delicious kinpira (sautéed and simmered burdock and carrot), salads, tempura, teppanyaki, various noodles and rice dishes like unadon (with freshwater eel) and even onigiri (nori-wrapped rice triangles). Ingredients are wonderfully authentic, with orders brought to your table by friendly, attentive staff. It won’t take long to realise you’ve found a true gem of a restaurant, and, best of all, you can order a feast, sampling the full range of cooking styles for under Dhs500. Well worth visiting again and again.
Open daily 12.30pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Al Khaleej Palace Hotel, Al Makthoum Road, Deira, www.alkhaleejpalace.net (04 223 1000).
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