FACT brings you the creme de la creme of Japanese hotspots across the capital.
If you’re as passionate about Japanese cuisine as we are, then you’re in for a treat. From Michelin-starred marvels to hidden treasures, the capita’s Japanese dining establishments offer an exquisite array of sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, ramen, and more. Whether you’re a seasoned sushi connoisseur or new to Japanese cuisine, these restaurants have something extraordinary to offer.
99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
Tucked away in The Galleria Al Maryah Island, this branch of 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant boasts a coveted Michelin star. With an exquisite selection of seafood that includes Atlantic bluefin tuna and decadent caviar, this place is a haven for those seeking extraordinary flavours. Marbled meats featuring the likes of Wagyu and Kobe are also some of the must-try dishes here.
GO: Visit www.99sushibar.com for more information.
Aja Asian & Teppanyaki
Located within the luxurious Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island, Aja Asian & Teppanyaki uses the traditional Japanese Teppanyaki method of grilling, broiling, and pan-frying on an iron griddle to serve you some stunning Japanese cuisine. The menu offers a variety of sushi, tataki and stir-fry dishes that showcase the rich flavours of Asia. Sip on sake, enjoy live music or take a seat at the fiery teppanyaki counter.
GO: Visit www.rixos.com for more information.
Nestled in the vibrant Yas Bay Waterfront, Akiba Dori blends modern design with the bustling spirit of Akihabara, Japan’s iconic anime and electronic hub. Indulge in Japanese delights, including sushi, curries, sandos, sliders, and gyozas or their signature dishes like Akiba Rock Shrimp, Wagyu Truffle Maki or the Tokyo-style Neapolitan Pizzas, all of which have earned the restaurant its well-deserved reputation.
GO: Visit www.akibadori.com for more information.
Located at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Cafe Sushi offers a diverse array of sushi, fresh salads, and main course options that will tantalise your taste buds. Whether it’s their popular Okonomiyaki, the satisfying katsu burger, or the succulent jumbo hoso prawns, this place boasts an extensive selection that promises a memorable culinary adventure.
GO: Visit www.fairmont.com for more information.
Yas Bay’s Daikan Izakaya is the go-to spot for casual dining enthusiasts seeking a hearty Japanese experience. Known for its wholesome ramen and delectable yakitori dishes, this buzzing waterfront restaurant combines an industrial aesthetic with an enviable beverage list. Try the Grilled onigiris, the flavorful Butter Garlic Prawns and the Angus Beef Bao Ribs. Just make sure you leave room for the Nutella Gyoza.
GO: Follow @daikanizakaya_ae on Instagram for more information.
Kaizu Japanese Restaurant
Nestled in Al Zahiyah, KAIZU is committed to using high-quality ingredients, guaranteeing a Japanese dining experience anchored around freshness. Some of the favourites here include the Tan Tan Ramen, the Truffle Solitaire, the Queen Crown, and the delicate Scallops Carpaccio.
GO: Visit www.kaizu.ae for more information.
Niri Restaurant & Bar
Niri Restaurant & Bar at Mamsha Al Saadiyat has already earned its stripes as the ‘Favourite Japanese Restaurant – Casual Dining’ at the FACT Dining Awards Abu Dhabi 2022 — and this year, it has been nominated once again. The restaurant beckons diners to explore beyond the familiar and discover unique Japanese flavours. With the likes of Soft Shell Crab, Toro Sakusaku Nori and Wagyu Tataki and many more, this place is an absolute must-visit overlooking the sandy shoreline on Saadiyat Island.
GO: Visit www.nirirestaurant.com for more information.
Nestled in Al Qana, Otoro’s menu includes sizzling wagyu steaks, and top-quality sushi to satisfy even the most discerning palates. Standout dishes include the Salmon Nigiri, Japanese Wagyu Sando, Yellowtail Carpaccio, and the Tempura Prawn Maki Roll, offering a satisfying crunch with each bite.
GO: Visit https://otoroabudhabi.com for more information.
Tori No Su
Tori No Su, helmed by Chef Ando, takes diners on a captivating journey through Japan’s culinary traditions at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. Start off with some traditional Miso Soup and then make your way to Tuna Sashimi Pizza, Grilled Octopus, Unagi, Maki Rolls and specials such as the Japanese Wagyu Risotto.
GO: Visit www.hilton.com for more information.
Zuma — the multiple FACT Award winner and a favourite of FACT’s editor-in-chief, is a no-brainer when it comes to Japanese cuisine. Some of the must-try delights here include the Wagyu No Tataki Kuro Natsu Toryufu Nose, Hamachi Usuzukuri Pirikara, Ninniku Gake, Chutoro Tarutaru Kyabia Zoe, the Miso-marinated Black Cod, and the Spicy Beef Tenderloin. You’ll find this hit spot at The Galleria Al Maryah Island. Come for the food, stay for the cocktails and waterfront views.
GO: Visit https://zumarestaurant.com for more information.