Tasty Japanese food at the Asiana Hotel in Dubai 14 Reviews
Hanabi’s tuna carving show
Chef Toshiyuki Suzuki displays his carving skills on fresh yellowfin tuna. The event also includes a tuna-focused menu. Dhs179 (house beverages) Timings: 7.30pm-11pm (Wednesday)
Hanabi’s Taste of Japan festival
Try dishes made with fish imported from Japan, such as ‘unidon’ (sushi rice bowl topped with sea urchin sashimi); or ‘masaba sashimi’ (mackerel sashimi). Dhs45-Dhs180 per dish Timings: noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
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Hanabi features four private dining rooms, separated by a wall of hanging beads. On the right, as you enter, chefs in crisp white stand to attention in what can best be described as a retro-style open kitchen – a throwback to the ’70s. The dining area is decked out in generic dark wood and stone. Hanabi is very much geared towards Asian clientele, and it soon becomes clear that it isn’t trying to imitate the likes of Okku or Zuma. Try the elaborate sushi platter, which is enormous and features glistening blood-red cuts of tuna (which melt like sorbet) and artful blocks of tangy mackerel nigirizushi. You’ll also find requisite dishes such as miso cod, though at times it feels as if Hanabi is just running through the motions. If a restaurant experience was simply a taste test, Hanabi would score well. It isn’t, of course, and this particular destination lacks the heart to set it apart.
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