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Akiba Dori

30 Sep 2018

Dubai Design District

You’ll feel a world away from Dubai. Nestled in the Dubai Design District, the futuristic décor of this Japanese foodhall is inspired by the neon alleyways of Akihabara in Tokyo. A lo-fi soundtrack of Japanese hip hop adds to the ambiance.

No need to book. The casual no-reservations policy means you can just turn up and grab a table. Make it early, though – it’s a popular spot for lunches and after work catch-ups, and can get particularly packed on weekends.

Take it outside. If you can’t get a seat indoors, head out to the communal gardens to dine and drink al fresco – the ideal spot during the cooler winter months.

Ever tried a Tokyo-style Neapolitan pizza? One of a kind in the region, the light-as-air Japanese dough is made with premium ingredients flown in from Japan, finished with flavour-packed Italian toppings, and flash-baked in a wood-fired oven for just 60 seconds. There’s even an ice-cream and cacao version for those looking for something sweet.

If you love street food, you’ll love it here. Made for sharing, the menu features Japanese favourites such as Wagyu gyoza, mixed tempura and chicken katsu curry. We can’t get enough of the yuzu-marinated Wagyu tacos, served in homemade tortillas with avocado salsa and caramelised onions.

Save room for the matcha molten cake with vanilla ice cream.

Building 8, Dubai Design District
04 770 7949
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