Manga Sushi

Manga Sushi

The spiritual home for lovers of Japanese food and pop culture 18 Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011

As its name suggests, Manga Sushi is the spiritual home for lovers of Japanese food and pop culture. But, even if the punky-looking manga characters are alien to you, Manga Sushi is an appealingly quirky place. With a futuristic feel, the shiny black-and-silver decor is adorned with those statement cartoon characters – on the walls and shelves, the menus, the staff uniforms – there’s even a manga library to peruse as you eat. Head over on a Sunday or Tuesday night and you can order as much sushi and sashimi from the a la carte menu as you want for Dhs150 (though, be warned, ‘you cannot share!’ as the waiter will tell you several hundred times).

With no live sushi counter, it’s doubtful the rolls are made to order – certainly the consistency is a little heavier than a light and fresh roll – but they at least taste like they were made that day. The eel unagi roll is a smoky must, plus the yakuza (lobster tempura, avocado and smoked salmon) along with the Korean kimchi roll with barbecue steak and kimchi cabbage are good choices. For an unpretentious Japanese eatery with a sense of fun, it's a good choice.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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Details

  • Location: Beach Park Plaza Centre, Jumeirah, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 342 8300
  • Travel: Jumeirah Beach Road

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Semo on 30 Nov ' 12 at 13:11
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I went there for the manga aspect precisely and would have loved for even more anime/manga references, such as waiters in costumes :P Basically, the whole concept is pretty radical so why not go all the way ?

The menu was an especially nice touch that has been commissioned specifically for the restaurant via a manga artist.

If you like your sushi standard then I recommend trying the normal sushi if you don't like it sweet. The ramen was lovely, I went for Naruto Ramen, they should really add some 'naruto' - a ramen ingredient not the famous manga/anime character - to it to make it authentic.

Overall, really nice experience and would like to go again.

The reviewer was saying that you're looking at 200-350 Dhs total, but what I found was that you don't need to go that deep if you like dine out below 150 Dhs.

You're encouraged to browse through the mangas on the shelf while you wait for your order !

Posted by: naice the bass on 13 Nov ' 12 at 11:08
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

beautiful

Posted by: Alia on 14 Aug ' 12 at 06:30
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Posted by: eot on 28 May ' 12 at 13:22
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Edited by TimeOutDubai.com

I had my worst sushi experience at this restaurant.service was poor, you have to check the menu twice because the staff is forgetting to bring items which is mentioned at the menu.the crew is so poor that they don't care about you, strange because in Dubai restaurants mostly service is good.sushi average nothing special about it.one more thing for the people going with entertainment books you will have some surprises some of the main menu items are not included with the voucher this is strange because the staff will show you some print outs in order not to except the voucher. Good luck for the people if would like to participate in some bad experience.

Posted by: Xiaopa on 16 Aug ' 11 at 05:20
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Nice "all you can eat" sushi evenings and interesting concept to avoid spoiling food: you have to pay extra for what you leave in your plate. Excellent idea!

Sushis are pretty ok in general but the seaweed around some of them is definitely too thick and chewy. Also disappointing that there is not such a big selection of type of fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel but no hamour, squid, octopus, yellow tail for instance).

Overall still a very nice evening, sushis are well presented on the plate, service is pleasant. Would go back there if not looking for a big selection of sushis.

Posted by: rana on 15 Jul ' 11 at 18:26
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best sushi so far. Kids would like the atmosphere there. Would recommend it for a light meal. Love it

Posted by: Mai on 16 Apr ' 11 at 15:11
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I used to cringe every time someone suggests eating sushi, I had really bad experiences in many so-called Japanese restaurants in Dubai. But thankfully manga sushi made me understand the magic of sushi and Japanese food, the quality for food is amazing, the waiters are very nice and unpretentious. To my amazement they Hamelin okonomiyaki in their menu.
Would go again and again and again.

Posted by: Mohammad on 09 Apr ' 11 at 15:49
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Was one of the best Sushi I have had in a very long tme. For sure, way better than Yo. The theme is very creative. I hope they open branches in the major malls.

Posted by: Marcello on 08 Jan ' 11 at 14:59
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Julie on 07 Jan ' 11 at 13:24
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

definitely will come back again. went there last nite with my frens, love the place. and sushi are great, fresh. service was good. everything is really really nice. love it!!! will sure be back and try all you can eat worth of 150. =))

Posted by: Joe on 19 Jun ' 10 at 17:49
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Fun place great food, fresh ingredients and good service throughout. Would recommend to anyone, definitely one up from Yo! and Sumo without having to go full out for a Bhuddha bar experience.

Posted by: Suu on 18 May ' 10 at 11:33
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amazing sushi. Best I've ever eaten

Posted by: Thomas on 06 Apr ' 10 at 18:59
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I have tested many sushi-bars both in Germany, Sweden, Singapore, etc. but Manga Sushi is by far the best Sushi restaurant I have been in. The food is very fresh and the creations unique. I went for the all you can eat for AED 150 today and I had the oportunity to taste a little of everything and really..... one creation better then the last one. I really recomend a visit.

Posted by: kawaii kinki on 18 Feb ' 10 at 09:08
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I love this place. my husband and i been there more than 5 times already...the sushi tatse unique and delicious. not traditional kinda sushi yet i love it. i would highly recommend it for sushi + manga lovers. i would go soon with my friends insha'Allah.

Posted by: Budo on 02 Aug ' 09 at 11:32
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best casual Japanese restaurant so far.

Sushi and Nigiris are fresh, unlike the ones in Yo Sushi's carousel that we don't know how long it has been sitting there

Would sit next close to Sumo Sushi for value of money.

Ambience, decor and service best described as 'JAPANESE POP'.
A fun experience for people who are new to Japanese food/culture.


Posted by: Saadia on 13 May ' 09 at 10:05
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We went to this restaurant on a week night when traffic coming in was a little slow but the service was good and menu comprehensive, with all the usual rolls, noodles etc included. its also not as gimmicky as the review seems to describe it (despite the manga covered walls and waitresses in bobby socks, that is where the comic references stop). the food was perfectly acceptable for a mid-level sushi restaurant; the mushroom miso soup was particularly delicious. I would say regulars at Sumo sushi, Yo Sushi etc should try this out as a similar standard alternative if they want a change; if youu are expecting food of a higher calibre then you will be disappointed but the price reflects that too.

Posted by: Othman Bamba on 29 Dec ' 08 at 07:06
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

really its a fantastic japanez restaurant

Posted by: Rashed on 28 Dec ' 08 at 12:36
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Contrasting with the reviewer’s opinion, I was really happy with the quality of food vs. value. Considering the silly portion meals served for at Zuma, Kiku and other Japanese restaurants in five star hotels which would charge a minimum of AED 1,000 for a party of 3, I would definitely go for Managa Sushi which in my opinion, is probably on par with those restaurants with reference to quality of food, if not better.

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