Sakura

Sakura

Japanese food in the Taj Palace hotel Reviews

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.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Taj Palace Hotel, Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 223 2222
  • Travel: Between Al Maktoum Street and Al Rigga Road
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  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Times: Open daily noon-3pm, 6pm-11.30pm
  • Price: Dhs200-350
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Business lunch

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Posted by: Mary on 29 Sep ' 13 at 13:33
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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.

Posted by: E on 29 Aug ' 12 at 07:44
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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

Posted by: Sabrina on 27 Mar ' 09 at 08:46
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Nancy on 22 Mar ' 09 at 06:34
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food in Sakura is owesome. I'd love to go back again and enjoy the exprerience of thr chef............Sakura here i come:)

Posted by: xany on 21 Mar ' 09 at 16:26
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Sami Harouni on 19 Mar ' 09 at 13:40
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Deliciously authentic
Great food and ambiance, fresh Japanese sushi of all types
fast and friendly service with a smile.

Posted by: Georges Farhat on 17 Mar ' 09 at 12:58
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Sakura at Crowne Plaza Dubai has the best Sushi in UAE

Posted by: leo on 17 Mar ' 09 at 04:55
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Vener on 16 Mar ' 09 at 13:51
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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