The lengthiness of Japanese menus usually has us heading for the set meals and this was no exception 69 Reviews
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We had already considered giving up and going home when we slammed the breaks to avoid a man who suddenly, and quite inexplicably, stopped his car in the middle of the road just outside the hotel. At least we had been moving at that point. Before our sudden spurt of pace was aborted with heart-stopping abruptness, our painfully slow journey down Mina Road reminded us why we don’t dine at the Hyatt Regency more often; the hotel boasts good restaurants but it takes half an evening to get there.
Thankfully, in terms of our mental well-being, Miyako isn’t a fast-paced conveyor-belt sushi bar but an intimate, tidy and tranquil kind of restaurant of light oranges and browns; a perfect place for the quiet contemplation of life over a bento box. The lengthiness of Japanese menus usually has us heading for the set meals and this was no exception. Shabu-shabu – meaning ‘swish, swish’ in Japanese for the noise it makes in the pot – consists of a pan of boiling broth, Chinese cabbage and juicy mushrooms, chunks of tofu, and a plate of thinly-sliced raw beef.
In Lost In Translation, Bill Murray’s character, confronted with a Japanese hot-pot, indignantly asks ‘What kind of restaurant makes you cook your own food?’ He would have liked Miyako, which gives you the choice – you can either be brave but risk eating undercooked meat and limp greens, or wimp out like us and have the waitress do the job while standing over your table. While the lack of privacy killed our conversation, straggles of unfeasibly tender beef submissively coiled and curled in the heat of the pot. This juicy, light and sweet meat, along with the tofu and vegetables, was flapped into some ponzu (sesame seed sauce) and eaten with plain rice.
Miyako is one of the most expensive Japanese restaurants in the city, hence our Dhs25 edamame and our Dhs18 portions of miso soup, but the set menus offer good value for money. For Dhs115 per person, the shabu-shabu includes a huge amount of beef and vegetables, a small portion of tuna, salmon and snapper sashimi, a small squid appetiser and green tea ice cream. It’s enough meditative mellowness to make the traffic seem a small inconvenience.
The bill (for two)
San Pellegrino Dhs26
2x miso soup Dhs36
Shabu-shabu meal Dhs230
Total (including service) Dhs327
By Time Out Dubai
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