Complemented with gold flakes, caviar and truffle, Dubai is never short of opulent restaurants offering the finest sushi to savour for special occasions or to simply satisfy your food cravings.
As the world celebrated International Sushi Day on June 18, 2023, this traditional Japanese staple has been part of the culinary world since day one and continues to be a popular dish enjoyed by millions around the globe over.
So, if you’re on the lookout for the most refined and tried-and-tested sushi spots in Dubai, we’re here to help, with our exclusive guide.
Known for their cosy interiors and ultra-luxe décor, this restaurant is a must-visit with all the Japanese classics under one roof. By bringing back a hint of the 1920s, this Japanese fine-dining haven serves a host of delectable dishes such as salmon sashimi, foil gras gyoza and paired with signature cocktails to compliment the evening. Located at Four Seasons Dubai, this restaurant is hands down, one of my favourite fine-dining spots in Dubai and it’s open from Monday to Thursday 6pm to 2am and Friday to Sunday, 12pm to 4pm and 6pm to 2am.
For more information visit mimikakushi.ae
Complemented by contemporary architectural motifs with a Japanese flair, this space offers the perfect immersive experience. With warm and earthy hues, brass accents and modern artistry guests can enjoy fresh cocktails and exquisite cuisine. The menu features Sumosan favorites such as the famous lobster salad, creamy spicy king crab, truffle tiradito and more with the freshest seafood prepared to be enjoyed as sushi, sashimi, flamed or grilled. The restaurant is open from Sunday to Thursday 12pm to 2am, Friday 12pm to 3am and Saturday from 3pm to 2am. Located at Dubai Edition.
For more information visit sumosan.com
Ling Ling is more than a dining experience it’s also a destination lounge which leads you into the evening, and then into the late night through signature tastes and popular hits from the DJ. The menu features a myriad of stunning dishes including wagyu sushi, peking duck with caviar, black truffle roast duck and more. To complement the experience, the team of in-house mixologists that promise an unforgettable dining experience. Located at Atlantis The Royal, the restaurant is open from Sunday to Thursday 6pm to 1am and Friday and Saturday 6pm to 3am.
For more information visit atlantis.com
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By the displaying the traditional Japanese cooking technique of Warayaki – straw fire cooking – Netsu serves a tantalising menu of Warayaki style grills, sushi and sashimi platters, and other Japanese-style dishes, complemented by stunning interiors and a sophisticated atmosphere.The vibrant menu features a series of cocktails to complement the menu and a selection of artisanal sake curated to perfection. By using the traditional Japanese charcoal grill known as Irori, the sushi stands out from the rest, by giving the dishes a distinctive smoky flavour and enhancing the natural oils of the fish to create a unique experience. Located at Mandarin Oriental, it’s open from Sunday to Thursday 6:30pm to 11:30pm, Friday 6:30pm to 12am, Saturday 12:30pm to 3:30pm and 6:30pm to 12am.
For more information visit mandarinoriental.com
With an extensive menu featuring a range of signature dishes such as black cod miso, yellowtail sashimi, and shrimp tempura. Guests can also choose from a variety of sushi and sashimi dishes, including the famous Nobu Matsuhisa-style sushi rolls, which combine fresh and exotic seasonal ingredients. This premium dining experience is a perfect blend of exceptional Japanese cuisine and world-class luxury. Located at Atlantis, The Palm, this restaurant is definitely a must-visit.
For more information visit noburestaurants.com
While offering a contemporary take on Cantonese cuisine from the 1930s, Shanghai Me is the epitome of Art Deco elegance, located in Dubai’s International Financial Centre. With a fusion of intricate flavours and textures, the menu showcases signature dishes from across Asia with a. contemporary touch as it’s inspired by the culinary traditions of East Asia. The verdant terrace offers an enclosed space as it embodies the region’s rich heritage throughout the area with a playful twist incorporated in every element. Located in Gate Village Building 11, it’s open daily from 12pm to 4pm and 6pm to 12am.
For more information visit shanghaime-restaurant.com
This hip venue has become one of Dubai’s most sought-after places over the years, with stunning interiors and exceptional views of Dubai Marina. With indulgent flavours of the Far East & Asia, its innovative menu enamours guests from around the globe as they enjoy eclectic tunes from the resident DJ. As a wealth of sensory experiences await you, Buddha-Bar has been around for a long time and continues to make its mark here in the emirate. Open daily from 7pm to 1am, it’s located in Grosvenor House Dubai.
For more information visit buddhabar-dubai.com
This restaurant is already a household name in London and Las Vegas. Having arrived in Dubai, SUSHISAMBA has already made its mark on the emirate. As an amalgamation of Japan, Brazil and Peru, the restaurant offers a mix from Japanese tempura and sushi, to Brazilian churrasco and moqueca. The open kitchen and fiery robata grill offer brilliantly roasted and flavored meats, vegetables and fish promising a shared dining experience. Located at St. Regis Hotel at The Palm Tower, the restaurant is open from Monday to Friday 12pm to 3pm and Saturday to Sunday 1pm to 3:30pm for lunch and Sunday to Wednesday 6pm to 2am and Thursday to Saturday 6pm to 3am.
For more information visit sushisamba.com
This homegrown concept was founded in late November 2016 to elevate your dining experience with a sense of comfort, discovery and sharing, serving premium Asian dishes with a Japanese twist as its focus while promoting harbour-side community-style dining. The restaurant is known for its delectable sushi crafted by a team of talented chefs. Guests can include in a variety of sushi rolls including sashimi and nigiri crafted from fresh high-quality ingredients. It’s an excellent venue for anyone looking for an exciting twist on classic sushi dishes. Located at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, it’s open daily from 12pm to 11:30pm.
For more information visit 3fils.com
Set in an elegant setting, the restaurant features traditional Japanese design with modern luxury. Using the finest ingredients, the dishes represent the authenticity that lies at its helm with hand-rolling sushi techniques and high-quality ingredients. Designed for an intimate experience, the lavish setting features a multi-course meal in a refined setting with impeccable service. Awarded the one-Michelin star in Dubai for the second year, this gastronomic treat has only nine seats for a unique Omakase experience. Located at Bvglari Resort, it’s open from Thursday to Sunday from 1pm and for dinner at 6pm and 8:30pm from Wednesday to Sunday.
For more information visit bulgarihotels.com
After opening in 2008, here in DIFC, Zuma has indeed stood the test of time as the restaurant has won numerous accolades and gained recognition worldwide. Having stayed relevant to date, this culinary haven has made a mark in the food industry with staple dishes such as sushi and ceviche, that are loved by all. This fine-dining concept always aims to serve the highest quality products in a sophisticated environment as guests gather to share their passion for food. Located in Gate Village 6, DIFC, it’s open from daily from 12pm to 3:30pm and Saturday to Wednesday 7pm to 12pm and Thursday and Friday 7pm to 1am.
For more information visit zumarestaurant.com
The fine dining restaurant serves up a roll-call of Japanese classics, the extensive menu contains a range of Asian delicacies including Caviar, Oysters, Shoyu Chilean Sea Bass, and more, making sure diners will be spoiled for choice. With a vegetarian menu and plenty of tasty grape pairings, there is something for everybody at CLAP Dubai. The restaurant offers the best seats in the city with the finest sushi that Dubai has to offer. Located in Gate Village Building 11, it’s open on weekdays from 12pm to 3am and weekends from 1pm to 3am.
For more information visit claprestaurant.com
Opened by the culinary genius behind Zuma, Rainer Becker, this contemporary Japanese restaurant opened back in 2020 and Sheikh Hamdan was one of the first to visit post-lockdown. Known for its contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine and sushi, this restaurant has become a firm favourite on the Dubai dining scene. Situated at Me Dubai, The Opus Business Bay, the restaurant is open daily from Monday to Friday 12pm to 3:30pm and 6:30pm to 12am, Saturday 12pm to 1am and Sunday 12pm to 12am.
For more information visit rokarestaurant.com
Goldfish Sushi & Yakitori
If you’re on the hunt for some delicious Japanese food, this delectable haven is a must-visit. The restaurant promises authentic Japanese flavours and has a casual setting at its home at The Galleria Mall on Al Wasl Road. Expect plenty of super-fresh sushi and tasty grills, with interesting ingredients sourced from Japan. Located in Galleria Mall, it’s open daily from 12pm to 12am.
For more information visit goldfishyakitori.com
Indulge in a delectable assortment of sushi, featuring an array of mouth-watering signature maki, nigiri, and sashimi. Ranging from 12 to 32 pieces, choose from a selection of KATA’s most tantalizing boxes which includes the most loved Makis such as the California roll, Spicy Salmon roll, Tuna Crunch roll and nigiris from yellowtail to seabass. This contemporary Japanese restaurant provides first-class experiences in the heart of iconic Downtown Dubai at Dubai Mall, with premium ingredients and a raw bar with incredible fresh seafood and sushi indoors. The restaurants os open from Monday to Friday 10am to 12am and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 1am.
For more information visit kata.ae
By taking inspiration from Japan’s most revered underground sushi bars, Origami serves an array of fresh and authentic dishes in a temple-like setting. This minimal space launched to reinterpret Japanese eating in Dubai, Origami was launched in 2014 to make fresh, quality-grade sushi casually accessible. Located in Dubai, this iconic restaurant is a must-visit.
For more information visit eatorigamisushi.com
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