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The cool Ibiza-style setting by the hotel’s private beach justifies Sho Cho’s enduring popularity. While there is indoor seating within a modern, minimalist interior likened to a ‘submarine’, it’s all about the outdoor area, a stone’s throw from the sand and waves. The white, nautical theme is further cooled by blue lighting, and the place looks and feels like the deck of a yacht – albeit with a bar, DJ (on selected nights) and bouncers, lending the place a club vibe that’s great for post-work drinks, but less so if you’re looking for an intimate dining experience. The menu is a combination of traditional Japanese dishes and contemporary takes with Western touches, including some rather fine and creative Sho Cho rolls. Many rave about the signature dish – rock shrimp tempura with green chilli mayo – but we’ve found the batter a little overpowering. Indeed, the food lacks refinement and attention to detail (the sharing platter for two, for instance, arrives with an uncongenial three of everything). Our advice? Stick to the makis and remember you’re paying for the location.
Open daily 7pm-3am (last food order 1.45am). Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah, www.dxbmarine.com (04 346 1111).
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