Miyabi Sushi & Bento

California sushi chain comes to Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai 14 Reviews

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Tucked between the high-rise blocks on Sheikh Zayed Road, the entrance to Miyabi Sushi and Bento – an illusion of a low-rise, bamboo-clad, lantern-lit sushi shack – looked terribly inviting. Infinitely more modern inside, I took my seat at the minuscule sushi bar. As Dubai’s first outlet of the Californian chain, the restaurant’s origins soon became clear when I was offered an iPad, to browse the (lovely-looking) menu in photographic form, and spotted a few Cali-style touches, such as the low-sodium soy sauce at the bar.

I started with some favourites: green tea, miso soup and agedashi dofu (deep-fried tofu). Unexpectedly, the tofu was served in a little stack of cubes, with the dressing in a separate bowl. I had mixed feelings about this detour from convention – the outer coating of the tofu retained a deep-fried crunchiness, but consequently lacked that gooey, drippy warmth that it usually adopts after lying in the sauce (which also lacked the dashi depth).

The maguro tataki (tuna) was delicious. The flesh was tear-apart tender and the dressing was sweet, sesame-rich and umami-packed. The onions underneath were petal thin, translucent, crisp and fresh like ice.

However, lovely as it was, it wasn’t really a tataki – it bore more resemblance to an Italian-style carpaccio in thickness and texture. Also, considering most of the plate was comprised of a mountain of onions,
the Dhs50 price was a little steep.

I also enjoyed the shogun bento, a collection of decent teriyaki salmon and a disappointingly European selection of salad leaves, but with a lovely sesame dressing, rice and some good tempura. There was also a small selection of sashimi: salmon, tuna and hammour. While the last choice was pleasingly local, the fish was far too tough and sinewy for sashimi.

The dessert list was full of strange concoctions. Despite the waitress being obviously unconvinced (or unfamiliar) with them, suggested by the reluctant look on her face when I asked her what was good, I still felt I had to try one: the tempura ice-cream. The dough was dense like a doughnut and the dish was delicious, but in a greedy way, which couldn’t be more un-Japanese.

Service was flawless throughout the meal, and food arrived promptly, as soon as it was prepared. I had little to do with the waiting staff, but they were present, if not noticed; the waitress dutifully topped up my teapot without being called over, and while I felt the manager was watching me like a hawk, he did so discreetly. I don’t believe I would have noticed if I hadn’t been observing him just as keenly.

In typically Californian style, many of the Japanese dishes here have been ‘upgraded’. I enjoyed my evening: the food is good, fairly authentic and reasonably affordable.

The bill (for one)
1x shogun bento Dhs65
1x agedashi dofu Dhs25
1x maguro tataki Dhs50
1x miso soup Dhs8
1x tempura ice-cream Dhs35
1x green tea Dhs15
1x small water Dhs5
Total (excluding service) Dhs203

By Penelope Walsh
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: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 386 8444/ 800-MIYABI (649224)/ 800-O-SUSHI (678744)
  • Travel: Next to Four Points by Sheraton, right behind UAE Exchange
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Suhaila on 21 Jul ' 13 at 05:51
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

One of the best Japanese Restaurants, their sushi is yummy and tasty + the yummiest crab salad + the Gyoza (the best Gyoza). Their service is excellent and they are friendly, but the place is bit small. I really advice you to go and try their Double crunch roll & Muni roll.

Posted by: Darren on 03 Jul ' 13 at 20:17
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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Nothing close to authentic Japanese offering. Sushi felt more fusion than anything while overpriced. Although the waitresses try to step up on the service, the culinary experience is just poor. Sushi should not be overpowered by sauce and mayo - what more with cheese fillings! Maybe it suits the Western palate but certainly food is bad. Not coming back again. Seriously - don't waste your hard earn money in this superficial Japanese restaurant.

Posted by: armando datlag on 11 May ' 13 at 09:49
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I love Japanese food very much specialy any kinds of sushi rolls

Posted by: Sam on 26 Apr ' 13 at 16:10

I went today with my partner which is japanese, and we got served the most plain and untasteful lunch ever.
First of all, the Yakisoba, was more tasting like a ketchup spageti you would get in the supermarket,
Second, the chicken teriaki was very dry which make me suppose that it is pre-cooked, with my experience of food, at least 2 days ago.
Then, the gyoza has also an oldish taste.
Even with the city card discount we paid as much as we would pay in a decent 5 star hotel japanese restaurant.

To summarize, it is surely japanese, but it is obvious that no japanese taste is employed, and it is adapted to the pallet of the servers which gives the food a deep fillipino and indian influence

Posted by: Mandana on 10 Apr ' 13 at 18:12

I love the food at miyabi.
Miyabi, I think, has a variety of food that can satisfy people with different tastes.
From it's fresh food to the atmosphere that makes you feel at home-
My personal favourites are the Kani Salad, the Volcano Shrimps, the Cali Flowe roll, the Wakame Salad, the Mochi Ice-cream, and the Miyabi Carrot cake.
I've been to miyabi numerous times and I've ordered it at home quite often.
I just wish it had more branches around Dubai.

Posted by: patrick chavez on 29 Mar ' 13 at 11:19
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

IT WAS AWESOME!!! nothing more to say...

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Posted by: lanie andal on 20 Mar ' 13 at 13:42
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I love the service staffs are very friendly and pleasing I love the food

Posted by: Radina on 03 Mar ' 13 at 13:04
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I went to the restourant with a friend of my. It was my first time to eat there. The sushi was amazing ! Sashimi is also one of the best I have ever tried. Everything is so fresh and the quality is the same as in Buda Bar, but compare with the price Miyabi Sushi is times cheaper which makes it good bargain. I highly recommend it to all of my friends!

Posted by: Iso on 04 Feb ' 13 at 19:41
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Very nice food. But no so much so the service.

Posted by: josy on 21 Jan ' 13 at 07:13
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I really loved the restaurant, their special rolls are unique. especially muni roll was to die for. cant wait to go back again

Posted by: MHM on 17 Nov ' 12 at 15:59
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

simplicity of the decor makes it comfortable, when you approach the place you feel the Japanese impression of a restaurant but it needs more work.

food was fresh and nice, as i only tried salmon and Tuna sashimi and Nagiri.i was disappointed with the green tea cheese cake as it doesn't hold any green tea flavor.

overall pricing is reasonable and i would love to go back again

Posted by: Hana on 06 Oct ' 12 at 11:42
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Terrible food.
Its not Japanese restaurant at all.
They were playing Korean dama on TV and playing Korean songs.
Service was okay.
If I want to go to casual japanese restaurant I will go to Bentoya.
Service is bad there but food is much better there.
I will never come back to MIyabi.

Posted by: Sara on 29 Aug ' 12 at 04:07
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I loved their food. very high quality with reasonable prices.

Posted by: Jay on 02 Aug ' 12 at 12:36
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food is great and made as if you were eating it back in San Francisco, CA. Best in town.

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