Time Out Says
The Japanese restaurant and lounge proudly sources its ingredients from the markets of Japan’s northern island, Hokkaido, and the eclectic menu is made up of small bites, kushiyaki, sushi, ramen and signature main dishes like miso black cod and wagyu rib-eye.
The restaurant is slick and modern with traditional, yet fun, touches such as cherry blossom trees and Japanese fans. The space features an open interactive kitchen, as well as a special bar for Japanese beverages, a DJ booth and a private lounge.
We’re greeted with warm jasmine-scented towels to refresh ourselves and a selection of amuse bouche. After scouring the menu decide on ordering a selection of small bites to share.
The wagyu beef tataki comes beautifully marbled, while the wasabi tuna pizza (which is pizza in the Japanese sense, on bite-sized beautifully crispy flatbreads) is flavourful and delicately scented with truffle.
The dynamite rock shrimp is moreish, while the homemade crispy salmon tacos are as fresh as can be and totally delicious.
We end the meal with the matcha fondant, which is as indulgent as it sounds. Green tea fans will love this dessert.
There’s also an impressive selection of house-infused Japanese rice beverages, with flavours such as lychee, vanilla, kumquat and honeydew melon.
The service is impeccable, the atmosphere is buzzing and on our visit the entertainment is awesome with a DJ pumping out old-school hip-hop tunes while a live saxophonist roams the space.
ONI really picks up later in the evening , making it a stellar spot for a late-night bite to eat. Along with live entertainment, creative drinks and an overall fun ambience this is one to visit.
WHAT IS IT...
A swish Japanese restaurant and lounge that ticks all the boxes
For Japanese bites and a cracking atmosphere
By Time Out Dubai staff | 29 Sep 2019
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