Sho Cho - Dubai

A old-school classic that could do with freshening up
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Time Out Says

If you’ve been in Dubai a while, you’re sure to have visited Sho Cho. Famed for its stunning views of Burj Khalifa, and set just off the water at Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa it’s a pretty special spot. We’d suggest visiting over the winter, when you can sit on the terrace listening to the water and admiring the views, as they make the experience.

The Japanese bar and restaurant was, in its heydey, a hugely popular and trendy nightspot. It still boasts that exclusive vibe and views, but just seems slightly faded around the edges. By night, with all the purple lighting and white furniture, it looks pretty slick, but there’s something not quite there, and compared to more modern spots, it’s a tad shabby.

Service is also hit and miss. We arrive without a booking – there’s only one other table seated – and are made to feel extremely lucky that we can, just about, secure a table. That aside, the food is tasty enough, albeit not the most memorable and on the expensive side. The sushi is fresh and the corn-fed chicken with teriyaki is tender and served up with a stickily sweet sauce. The spring rolls and gyoza are on the greasy side, however.

It’s not the best Japanese food you’ll find in the city, but it’s decent enough if you’re after some views. For nightlife it might fare better, with happy hour deals, theme nights and live DJs, but it’s a bit tired. With a spruce up could it return to being a top dining and nightlife spot? We’d like to hope so.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 05 Jun 2018

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FacilitiesDine In
Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
CuisinesJapanese, Sushi
Dress CodeAfter Six
7:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Sunday: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AMMonday: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AMTuesday: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AMWednesday: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AMThursday: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AMFriday: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AMSaturday: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Show number +971 4 346 1111
Dubai, Jumeirah 1, Dubai Marine Resort

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