TRIED & TESTED DUBAI RESTAU­RANTS

Iza­kaya, Le Cirque

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - CONTENTS -

This ca­sual Ja­panese restau­rant is one of the many din­ing out­lets at the JW Mar­riott Mar­quis, Dubai and is very pop­u­lar among lo­cals, who voted it Favourite Ja­panese Restau­rant 2017 in What’s On Dubai.

The venue of­fers an up­beat and slightly edgy vibe, with puns such as “We sushilize for the sake of it” pep­per­ing the en­trance and green-haired “Wasabi girls” ready to mix fresh wasabi at your ta­ble.

The fish is sourced from Tokyo’s Tsuk­iji mar­ket, and the prepa­ra­tion closely fol­lows Ja­panese tech­niques, re­sult­ing in dishes that re­main true to Ja­panese flavours.

To start was an amuse bouche of toro arare fried at 210°C to ar­rive at the crunch with­out ab­sorb­ing the oil. Next we en­joyed a trio of ura­maki sushi (where the rice is on the out­side and the nori fill­ing on the in­side) in­clud­ing tuna, yel­low tail and salmon with fish roe va­ri­eties. The rice was moist and loosely packed – as it should be – with a light brush of soy sauce and wasabi that blended in well. As tasty as it was, it paled in com­par­i­son to the next course of par­tially seared salmon belly ni­giri sushi, with a hint of sweet sauce and tangy yuzu (sour

Ja­panese cit­rus fruit).

The black cod was an ex­cel­lent choice for the main course, mar­i­nated in miso for

24 hours be­fore grilling. It came with a grilled le­mon, but it did well on its own.

VER­DICT

A good venue for ca­sual cor­po­rate gath­er­ings, great food and ex­cel­lent ser­vice. Neha Gupta Kapoor

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