If you’re looking for the ultimate disco party brunch, a Friday afternoon spent at Okku is a must. Don’t expect intimate vibes, smooth tunes or even the chance to talk (unless you’re screaming over the table at each other), but do prepare for a more raucous affair. This is evident from the moment you arrive, and there’s a crowd eagerly waiting outside to be let in.
The doors open and people trickle in steadily to the darkened room and are presented with their beverage of choice. On the table, there is steamed edamame to take the edge off (which is necessary as there’s a bit of a wait for the next dish). The degustation-style dinner then begins, taking you through ten courses, including an open sushi buffet and dessert spread.
The food isn’t as flavourful or well-seasoned as it usually is at Okku, but ingredients are still top-notch and the freshly-made sushi is some of the best we’ve tried in Dubai.
Dishes such as the wagyu beef tataki, wasabi tiger shrimp and yuzu-saiko miso black cod make their way (slowly) to your table, as the atmosphere (quickly) amps up, particularly when the singer takes to the mic and weaves her way around the crowds, crooning everyone with cheesy classics.
The experience is far more disco club night than sophisticated daytime dining, but if it’s a special occasion that calls for a tonne of fun, then you’ll certainly have a memorable time at Okku.
Dhs550 (house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly). Fri 1pm-6pm (food and beverages until 4pm). The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.okku.com (04 501 877704 501 8777).
Most impressive dish
Freshly-made sushi from the open buffet.