A multi-award-winning, stylish, popular space offering excellent Japanese food that’s every bit as good as you’ve heard. Main courses, especially the black cod, are world-famous for good reason and really shouldn’t be missed. You’ll be blown away by the amazing sushi, robata and tempura, too. Stop off for a drink at the cool bar area and you’ve got a brilliant date night right there. We could go on, but you get the picture.
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).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Nobu
This world-famous restaurant, from celebrity chef Nobu, serves up top-quality food time and again. The black cod is simply stunning and the setting is cool, classy and fun.
Open Sat-Wed 6pm-11.30pm; Thu-Fri 6pm-12.30pm. Fri noon-3pm (brunch), 7pm-12.30am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: TOMO
The offerings here are expertly prepared and is served up in a stunning, classy setting.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3666).
Trendy Japanese restaurant in Business Bay with low lighting and decent dishes. Watch out for quirks such as Wasabi Girl (green hair, delivering wasabi) and funky outfits.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
SHORTLISTED: Katsuya by Starck
This relative newcomer to Jumeirah Al Naseem boasts views over the turtle lagoon and out to he beach. Sushi is excellent, although prices are on the high side.
Dhs500+ Open daily noon-1am. Jumeirah Al Naseem Dubai, Umm Suqeim (04 419 0676).
Laid-back dining at this longstanding Japanese in Garhoud.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-2.30pm; 6.30pm-11pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre (04 217 0000).
The creative and varied Japanese menu is excellent at this hip restaurant and lounge.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily 7pm-3am. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8888).
This popular Japanese presents classics with a modern, innovative twist and unexpected flavours. Don’t miss the gyozas and sushi.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open Sun-Wed 6pm-2am; Thu 1pm-2am; Fri-Sat noon-2am. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 559 5300).
The Japanese part of this Italian/Japanese restaurant at Flavio Briatore’s upmarket club Billionaire Mansion. Some interesting dishes, some evenings feature live entertainment.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open Tue-Sun 7pm-3am. Billionaire Mansion, Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 510 3100).