→ Open Sat-wed 11.30am-11.30pm, Thu-sat 11.30am-mid­night. Un­li­censed. Be­hind Al Kawakeb Build­ing, near Dusit Thani, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 0222).

Time Out Dubai - - FOOD -

GREAT JA­PANESE FOOD is well rep­re­sented in Dubai, but it’s the ne-din­ing set that tend to dom­i­nate hearts, minds and stom­achs in this city.

If the oc­ca­sion doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily call for a trip to DIFC, then set course for long­stand­ing restau­rant Bento-ya.

Set over two (tiny) oors, this low-key restau­rant round the back of Sheikh Zayed Road’s older builds has stood both the test of time and Dubai’s ever-chang­ing din­ing scene – and it’s all down to the con­sis­tently good food and fair prices.

Here, a meal for two can still set you back less than Dhs200, pretty much re­gard­less of what you or­der.

Am­ply sized chicken gy­oza come seven to a por­tion and burst­ing with avour, while the wide se­lec­tion of maki fea­ture eight rolls a serv­ing, with top picks in­clud­ing soft­shell crab and spicy salmon.

Dur­ing a busy lunch ser­vice, you’ll nd din­ers slurp­ing down qual­ity (very rea­son­ably priced) sashimi and wildly share­able bowls of ra­men, along­side gen­er­ous ben­tos of sweet, sticky teriyaki or crunchy katsu.

If you’ve be­come ac­cus­tomed to Ja­panese-fu­sion, or are an ar­dent veg­e­tar­ian, you may nd much of the menu a touch too authen­tic, oth­er­wise it only adds to the restau­rant’s old­school ap­peal.

Bento-ya has been one of Dubai’s best worst-kept secrets for years now – here’s to many more.

WHAT IS IT... Oft-over­looked, no-frills gem serv­ing great Ja­panese eats just off Sheikh Zayed Road

WHY GO... The authen­tic dishes

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