A lively, cheerful restaurant serving generic Japanese favourites
Time Out Dubai staff
In a city awash with sleek, chic Japanese restaurants, Benihana in the Amwaj Rotana offers a refreshingly no-nonsense, casual alternative. The restaurant is perennially packed with hotel guests and Dubai residents (especially on all-you-can-eat Wednesdays), so be sure to book ahead. When you do, ask for a table on the fairy-lit terrace (weather permitting) or at the teppanyaki station inside (where comedic chefs entertain while flipping steak, seafood and chicken). Sadly, seating at the sushi bar is tucked away in a draughty corner, while the noodle bar offers views of a metallic, clinical-looking kitchen set behind soundproof glass. The run-of-the-mill maki rolls feature Americanised favourites as well as more traditional options, while the sashimi is generally fresh and tasty. The teppanyaki options are worth a try (especially considering the accompanying show). It’s not the best Japanese fare on offer in Dubai, but you can be assured of satisfying, consistent food, a vibrant atmosphere and generally good service.