Sakura

Japanese food in the Taj Palace hotel

Sakura
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011
Let’s get this straight right from the off – there’s nothing wrong with Sakura – it’s a perfectly well laid out, pleasant Japanese restaurant with a sushi bar and teppanyaki stations but it’s hidden within the Taj Palace hotel in Deira – and we’re sure this large sprawling hotel was once bustling with tourists but today it’s like the Marie Celeste...no one’s home. As a result what would be efficient service is completely too attentive and we’re not left alone for more than five minutes. The menu covers all Japanese bases and isn’t so large it’s overwhelming.

On ordering the crispy duck however we’re told that it will take over an hour to cook, which is far too long in any restaurant to wait. We opt instead for tuna sashimi which is as soft as butter and pleasantly filling. A selection of dim sum are steaming hot and fall apart the moment you prod them with a chopstick – just how we like them. Sakura falls down however on a its crab cakes which would be better described as round balls of fried toast and are so greasy compared to the other dishes that they remain on the table. The restaurant offers an all you can eat sushi and teppanyaki deal on a Thursday night for Dhs89 which might tempt us in again, if we were in Deira. Sakura
5 1

By Time Out Dubai staff | 26 March 2011

Location: - Deira - Dubai
Tel: 97142232222
Travel: Between Al Maktoum Street and Al Rigga Road
Cuisine: Japanese, Pan Asian
Experiences: Valet parking available
Times: Sunday: 07:00 pm-11:30 pm
Monday: 12:00 pm-03:30 pm
Monday: 07:00 pm-11:30 pm
Tuesday: 12:00 pm-03:30 pm
Tuesday: 07:00 pm-11:30 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 pm-03:30 pm
Wednesday: 07:00 pm-11:30 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm-03:30 pm
Thursday: 07:00 am-11:30 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm-03:30 pm
Friday: 07:00 pm-11:30 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm-03:30 pm
Saturday: 07:00 pm-11:30 pm
Price range: Dhs50-199
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
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  • Mary Sep 29, 2013 01:33 pm
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
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    Fantastic quality and choice, especially Friday evening buffet. Everything was very fresh and made in front of you. A great place with a great atmosphere.
  • E Aug 29, 2012 07:44 am
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    Definetly my favourite Sushi and Japanese restaurant in all of the UAE. The freshest sushi & sashimi I've tried, even compared to much "fancier" hotels. You get so much value for your money
  • Nancy Mar 22, 2009 06:34 am
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    The food in Sakura is owesome. I'd love to go back again and enjoy the exprerience of thr chef............Sakura here i come:)

  • Sami Harouni Mar 19, 2009 01:40 pm
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    Deliciously authentic
    Great food and ambiance, fresh Japanese sushi of all types
    fast and friendly service with a smile.
  • Georges Farhat Mar 17, 2009 12:58 pm
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    Sakura at Crowne Plaza Dubai has the best Sushi in UAE

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