New Japanese restaurant opens at Dubai Opera

Kohantei is the first Kaiseki restaurant in the Middle East


Set next to Dubai Opera, Kohantei is the first Japanese Kaiseki restaurant to open in the Middle East.

The exciting new fine-dining experience is an intimate one, there are just five tables in the main dining room and a further three private rooms.

The traditional Japanese restaurant serves up “delicate and elegant dishes”, revolving around an ancient Japanese Kaiseki menu – meaning many courses.

Dishes will reflect the seasonality of ingredients, and the Kaiseki idea is a multi-course meal, serving up expertly crafted dishes in a low-key setting. The surroundings aim to be relaxing and welcoming – embodying the idea of Japanese hospitality.

The décor is authentic, featuring tatami flooring, and sliding shōji doors, while guests must leave their shoes at the door – as is traditional

Executive chef Hisao Ueda has carefully created the menu, which offers diners the choice of one of five multi-course menus.

Born in Hokkaido, Chef Ueda moved from Japan to Dubai in 2011, who says his passion “lies within the art of evoking a feeling of happiness, discovery and nostalgia through his traditional Japanese culinary creation.”

The set menus focus primarily on Japanese beef and sushi, and range from six courses to eight courses, with prices from Dhs350 up to Dhs1,110 a head. They’re designed to be enjoyed over a period of two to three hours, so this isn’t fast food by any means.

If you’re looking to try something new, this might be just what you’re looking for.
Prices vary. Open Mon-Sat, noon-3pm; 6pm-midnight. Dubai Opera, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, (04 243 4951).

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