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Creekside Japanese Restaurant

Japanese food with a view at the Sheraton Dubai Creek hotel

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It’s rare that I see a restaurant swarming. Even the big names seem to be struggling to pull in much of a crowd these days. So I was a bit stunned to find Creekside Japanese Restaurant, a recently relaunched eaterie in the Sheraton Dubai Creek, rather buzzing. It wasn’t packed, but for a buffet restaurant on a Monday night, it had managed to fill the room nicely.

It was immediately clear that this would be a buffet dinner (the serving trays kind of gave it away), yet my dinner date and I were still presented with a menu. Confusing, as we couldn’t order food from it. In fact, I’m not sure there’s ever a night that the à la carte menu is applicable. Perhaps it’s a relic from the days before the restaurant’s relaunch.

Menus aside, navigating the live cooking stations proved trickier than it needed to be. The tempura and teppankayi stations were both intermittently manned. The tempura I just had to wait for (occasionally it came out in freshly cooked heaps), but I found myself dumbly loitering around the teppanyaki grill. Finally, a waiter came over and said he’d take my order and deliver it to my table, but it never arrived.

The food I did pluck for myself, however, was startlingly good. The quality of sushi and sashimi went way beyond my expectations, and melted in a puff on the tongue. Underneath an airy tempura batter lay moist, tender shrimp and crisp vegetables.

The dessert station – decked out in intricately embroidered cakes that were slashed to pieces by eager diners – made me feel pity for the pastry chefs. Their creations were visual masterpieces, and were far too good for a humble buffet. While the options were standard – tiramisu, profiteroles, mango pudding – the sweets here were also a cut above the foamy, tasteless cream-filled shot glasses you typically encounter at a buffet. No, these were rich, and denoted ingredients that were fresh and chosen with care.

Creekside is definitely a credit crunch success story. It’s popular because while the service isn’t reliable the food definitely is and because the limit to what you can eat rests in the belly, not the wallet.

The bill (for two)
1x Large bottle water Dhs35
2x Seafood night buffet Dhs480
Total (including service) Dhs515

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 207 1750
  • Travel: Baniyas Street
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

User reviews:

Posted by: - on 23 Sep ' 11 at 19:43
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The staff there is very accommodating and very friendly! ( Kudos to the Filipino staff!:)..) Although 1 staff was not so very accommodating and unfortunately she was the one who entertained us first offering us water.. ( 35 DHS! for a 1 liter of water.. It's quite reasonable since you are in a 5 star hotel but at least tell us the price:) .hahaha ) And she did not even introduce the food and suggest on what we should have first.. But after the Filipino staff took her place.. They showed excellent customer service..

The food was very good...;)

and if ever there is any birthdays or anniversaries, inform them and they will give you a special cake for free!

We have a very good overall experience! ....

Posted by: Anthony on 14 Mar ' 11 at 06:57
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great food, and fantastic staff. I will be returning frequently.

Posted by: Luu on 23 Oct ' 10 at 20:33
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I was really disappointed for the tastes with that price

Posted by: elle on 03 Jul ' 10 at 18:09
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Loved their handsome portions. We ordered 2 set menus (inclusive of miso soup and pickles) and a pot of tea to share, bill came to Dhs 208. Worth every dirham spent.
Both foods ordered was cooked fresh (took about 15 mins), their warm friendly service and cosy ambience made our dining experience worthwhile.

Look forward to try their buffet deals soon.

Posted by: Dee Rosario on 19 Apr ' 10 at 06:29
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Had a fantastic experience!! The staff was very courteous and patient.

Posted by: Kosta on 29 Mar ' 10 at 14:50
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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