Wok stars or phoget­table food at new Me­dia One Ho­tel spot?

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Crab Tav­ern is dead, long live Mr Miyagi’s. Gone is the dark wooden dé­cor, re­placed by a lick of fri­vol­ity in the form of Mr Miyagi’s – a play­ful, tongue-in-cheek restau­rant (look up at the naughty neon signs) serv­ing Asian street food. Around the cor­ner but still con­nected to Mr Miyagi’s is the bar area named Co­bra Kai. Check out our bar re­view on p72.

It was a par­tic­u­larly busy lunchtime crowd when we vis­ited and was made clear from the mo­ment we sat down that we might have to wait a bit longer than usual for our meals. Luck­ily, bags of prawn crack­ers (Dhs15) hang from the ta­bles so you can en­joy a pre­lude to your food.

The ‘pho good­ness soups’ had mixed re­views. While one diner raved about the sim­plic­ity of the ra­men shrimp tem­pura (Dhs55) – it ar­rived packed with thick noo­dles, an egg and spring onion – an­other felt the beef pho (Dhs55) was lack­ing flavour. She spent half of the meal drench­ing it in Sriracha. The crispy chicken katsu (Dhs75) is a peren­nial favourite, but Mr Miyagi’s gets ex­tra points for thought­fully serv­ing the curry sauce in a jug, so you’re free to drench the dish as much as you please. It comes with sticky Ja­panese rice, which has a vine­gary tang that cuts pleas­ingly through the curry.

Mr Miyagi’s makes for a great lunchtime op­tion, but it’s even busier at night. It has dé­cor and per­son­al­ity ooz­ing from ev­ery cor­ner. A word of warn­ing – pay at­ten­tion if you use the bath­room, as the ‘Ladys’ sign is coloured blue and the ‘Boys’ sign is pink. It’s all part of the cheeky dé­cor, but can lead to some red-faced mo­ments, not that we would know anything about that…

aMe­dia One, Dubai Me­dia City, Dubai, daily 11am to 2am. Tel: (04) 4207489. Taxi: Me­dia One. mr­miyag­is­

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