Japengo

Japengo is Dubai’s quintessential ‘international’ eatery: it’s been around forever, and is frequented by a fair representation of the emirate’s population

Japengo is Dubai’s quintessential ‘international’ eatery: it’s been around forever (since a time when there were only two Japanese eateries in the city’s hotels, according to the menu), and is frequented by a fair representation of the emirate’s population: Arabs, Eastern Europeans and Westerners all drop into Japengo. So what exactly does the menu mean by ‘international’? Japanese sits at the top of the table: the female staff wear ‘hip’ Kimonos, the men round-coloured shirts, and the menu squeals that sushi is ‘the height of fashion’, thus linking to the slightly random fashion ads at the back. The sushi selection is therefore sizeable, as is the Asian mix of noodle- and mainly rice-based classics, such as the Nasi Goreng.

Other cuisines include British (battered fish and chips), American (New York strip loin) Lebanese, Iranian and even Mexican (taquitos). Desserts, meanwhile, span everything from Crème brûlée to sticky date pudding. This eclectic, generously-portioned, essentially decent fodder gets whipped up in the sizzling open kitchen, to be consumed in the overwhelmingly wicker-furnished eatery, along to the sounds of trendy instrumental tunes. Japengos may strive to tick one too many boxes (international, Japanese, trendy…), but get your head round the concept, and there are plenty for you to enjoy city-wide. Japengo
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By Time Out Dubai Staff | 11 August 2011

Location: - Umm Suqeim
Tel: 04 368 6575
Travel: Al Sufouh Road
Cuisine: Cafés
Experiences: Outdoor seating, Family friendly, Smoking permitted
Times: Open daily 9am-midnight
Price range: Dhs200-349
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • M Feb 05, 2013 11:08 am
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    Good selection of food options on menu , hence recommend best for families
    Food was average , I had the cheeseburger, wasnt very tasty and the chips tasted a little bit strange . Burgers were abt 60AED and Meat and Co are same price but definitly far better quality !

    will not go back as other restuarants are more impressive at same cost
  • Kiran Jan Sep 02, 2010 05:58 pm
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    We lovedit! We ate lunch at the Madinat Jumeirah...sitting outside watching the gondalas go by. We also ate at the mall one! DELICIOUS FOOD!! very relaxed, casual and a must try!
  • coke May 29, 2010 04:14 pm
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    horrible service, sushi is not fresh and definitely not worth the price!!!! prawn crackers lack flavor, are oily and overall bland. i would stay away from this restaurant!!
  • Hamza Jan 09, 2009 07:55 pm
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    One of the top family restaurants in Dubai for casual, relaxed dining.

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