Pluck, Ho­tel Pull­man New Delhi Ae­roc­ity; Iza­kaya, JW Mar­riott Mar­quis, Dubai; Le Cirque, The RitzCarl­ton, Dubai

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Iza­kaya, a ca­sual Ja­panese restau­rant is quite pop­u­lar among the lo­cals, who have voted it the Favourite Ja­panese Restau­rant 2017 — What’s On Dubai. The dishes re­main true to Ja­panese flavours, mainly be­cause the fish is sourced from Tokyo’s Tsuk­iji mar­ket; and the prepa­ra­tion closely fol­lows Ja­panese tech­niques.

The toro arare — tuna and rice — is fried at 210°C to ar­rive at the crunch with­out ab­sorb­ing the oil. This was our amuse bouche. The sushi was loosely held to­gether with rice, as it should be. Iza­kaya ura­maki had tuna, yel­low tail, salmon and fish roe. It wasn’t dry nor soaked in vine­gar, leav­ing room for the soya and wasabi to blend in well. Though tasty, it pales in com­par­i­son to the salmon belly ni­giri. The in­ten­tional air gap in the rice ball causes it to burst in the mouth, re­veal­ing the dis­tinct flavour of the par­tially seared salmon, a hint of sweet sauce and the tangy yuzu (sour Ja­panese cit­rus fruit) soya sauce with which it is served. The black cod was a good choice for the main course. It is 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

The dishes re­main true to Ja­panese flavours, mainly be­cause the fish is sourced from Tokyo’s Tsuk­iji mar­ket

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