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With its fluorescent blue jellyfish tank, dark, masculine interior and black staff uniforms, Okku could be straight out of a James Bond movie. Even the somewhat aggressive approach to table bookings, complete with the threat of a no-show fine, fits the bill, but don’t let this deter you. Because once seated, Okku’s softer side reveals itself, through the friendly wait staff and the warm flicker of candles at each table. Dishes are meant for sharing, with a selection of smaller plates, sushi and salads leading up to more substantial dishes, like the ever-present miso black cod. Bear in mind, though, that ‘starters’ are actually not much smaller than ‘mains’. Don’t miss the excellent sashimi salad, the cuts of raw tuna, salmon and yellowtail melting in the mouth, or the wonderfully light Taraba Summer Roll, generously filled with fresh crab. All seafood is said to come from sustainable sources, so you can tuck in without hesitation. As the evening progresses, the lounge-style atmosphere comes into its own, the bar area alive with activity and the music adding to the buzz. Okku promises a night to remember, albeit a pricey one.
Open daily 7pm-2am. The H Hotel, One Sheikh Zayed Road, www.okku.com (04 501 8777).
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