While it’s clear Sho Cho is not in the same league as Dubai’s more refined eateries, its expansive menu and seaside views keep the venue high on the socialite’s hot list. This beach hut-style, alfresco eatery serves up large portions of the usual suspects: deep-fried soft shell crab, gyoza, hand-rolled maki and sashimi. While Sho Cho’s creations are standard issue in most up-market Japanese restaurants in Dubai (think crunchy rock shrimp and yellowtail sashimi with jalapenos), there are a few lesser-seen alternatives such as the kingfish ceviche – delicate tartare-style sashimi infused with lemon juice and scooped up with crunchy corn chips. If you want to grab a table closest to the beach, you’ll need to book ahead, as this place gets ridiculously busy. But that doesn’t seem to harm the service, which is attentive without being overbearing. The best part is that you can enjoy dinner and drinks before heading off to the hotel’s many other nightspots.