Nara Pan Asian has opened up in place of our old favourite Spice & Ice in Cluster A, JLT.
The restaurant is serving up and Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes, with a menu created by founded Anand Radia, who was also behind Spice & Ice. Nara Pan Asian now aims to become “the hottest casual dining experience on the Dubai food scene”.
And the interiors certainly look cool. Decked out with Japanese street art-style graffiti, the murals on the walls are from artist Cholo Juan. Think cherry blossom trees, brightly coloured ceiling umbrellas et al. And upbeat music will come from resident DJS to pick up the vibe, too.
But we’re set to be wowed by the food, too, with a menu boasting Hong Kong-style dim sum such as chicken xiao long bao and barbecue chicken char siu as well as sushi, noodles, stir-fries such as Mongolian beef and beef teriyaki, rice dishes and salads. Signature dishes include edamame and truffle dim sum, chicken katsu and chicken balls with sweet and sour or curry sauce.
And there are some hot deals coming up, too. As well as an Ultimate Thursdays evening brunch, there’s also a brand-new Friday brunch that’s launching this weekend (Friday September 14) and runs from 1pm until 4pm. For just Dhs299 you’ll get starters, unlimited dim sum, unlimited sushi, desserts and house drinks. There’s also a live DJ to keep the vibe upbeat. The Thursday night version is similar but comes in at Dhs349, from 8pm-11pm.
There’s also a ladies’ night deal, which means ladies you’ll get four free drinks, as well as 25 percent off food.
We’ll race you to the dim sum.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am; Thu-Fri noon-3am. Cluster A, JLT (04 421 1356).