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If you’re looking for stunning views across the city to accompany your sushi, look no further than this consistently excellent Japanese restaurant. Dishes are delicious and authentic, the vibe is mellow and romantic, the vistas are top-notch and you can sit on traditional-style tables trying dishes less frequently found in the city.
Open daily 12.30pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 357 7888).
The most authentic Japanese experience you’ll find in the city, this will set you back a bit, but it’s worth it if you’re looking for something special. Seating just nine diners, each group has their own private chef who will cook a special menu depending on what produce is available that day. Don’t go expecting California rolls – this is far more traditional and exciting.
Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-midnight. Bvlgari Hotel & Resorts, Jumeirah (04 777 5555).
Consistently excellent, Zuma celebrated a decade in Dubai in 2018 and it’s still packed day in, day out. The black cod is world famous, the sushi is excellent and the vibe is always buzzing, whether you’re visiting for a quick business lunch, romantic dinner or lively Friday brunch with friends.
Sun-Thu noon-3.30pm, 7pm-midnight, Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-1am, Sat 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-midnight. Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 5660).
Inspired by the anime culture of Akihabara in Tokyo, this trendy restaurant and bar is styled to imitate a backstreet alleyway of Tokyo and the menu sports plenty of street food options and Japanese drinks as well as delicious pizzas.
Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight; Thu-Fri noon-1am. Dubai Design District, Ras Al Khor Road, www.akibadori.com (04 770 7949).
Experience an innovative take on traditional Japanese cuisine, featuring the freshest fish, artful sushi and sashimi. Guests can dine al fresco on a vibrant terrace overlooking the Dubai Foundation in the company of a resident DJ.
Open daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai, www.armanihoteldubai.com (04 888 3666).
This upbeat, slightly edgy eatery is a casual space to share quality sushi with friends or family. Private dining rooms are available for intimate gatherings.
Open daily 6pm-midnight. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com (04 414 3000).
Enjoy an immersive dining experience with a live teppanyaki table and a live sushi bar. Kiku is also home to 20-plus varieties of Japanese beverages that can be paired with signature dishes such as gindara misozuke and kaisen bento.
Open daily 12.30pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud, www.kiku-dubai.com (04 702 2455).
The city’s oldest Japanese eatery, the stark space maintains a warm, fresh feel, housing a sushi bar, teppanyaki table and a traditional tatami room. This is authentic, simple Japanese cuisine done well.
Open Sat-Wed 12.30pm-6.30pm; Thu-Fri 12.30pm-11.30pm. Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira, www.hyattrestaurants.com (04 209 6914).
Chef Masaharu Morimoto is renowned for his seamless integration of western and Japanese ingredients. There’s also a lounge, sushi counter, three private dining rooms and two outdoor terraces with views of the Burj Khalifa.
Open Sat-Wed 6pm-1am; Thu-Fri 6pm-2am. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Business Bay, www.morimotodubai.com (04 512 5577).
Revered as one of the world’s greatest Japanese chefs, chef Nobu Matsuhisa is the mastermind behind this famous international chain, known for his innovative menus that blend traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients.
Open Sat-Wed 6pm-11pm; Thu 6pm-midnight; Fri noon-3pm (brunch), 7pm-midnight. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.noburestaurants.com (04 426 0760)