Dubai isn’t short of dining spots that offer a spectacular view, we all know that! But we’re pretty sure that Katana Robata And Sushi Bar is on to something special, thanks to its full Burj Khalifa view, making it the perfect place to watch the New Year’s Eve light show, which has been extended until 31 March. And that is exactly what we chose to do this week! Sushi and a view? Yes, please!
After very conveniently valeting our car right outside of the restaurant entrance, we arrive at Katana and are promptly welcomed with a refreshing mocktail and given a few moments to take in the spectacular view from our table.
We then check out the Japanese eatery’s menu, excited to see that all of our favourites feature – from spicy tuna maki rolls to ebu tempura and Wagyu beef, it’s all there!
We begin our meal the classic Japanese way, with edamame and miso soup. The light start continues with a mixed salad with a delicious soy vinaigrette and popcorn shrimp, which is a crunchy, spicy Ahlan! highlight.
The pièce de résistance then follows, in the shape of a giant sushi platter, perfect for sharing. More or less every kind of classic sushi you can think of is included, from tuna, salmon and yellow-tail sashimi, to tuna, salmon and prawn nigiri, crab dynamite rolls and spicy tuna rolls – our favourites. All of the sushi is supremely fresh and rolled to order, and is served on a bed of ice, keeping it deliciously cool at the table.
It’s now that we have to take a mid-meal break, after overindulging in the sushi. Fortunately, it perfectly coincides with the Burj Khalifa’s light show, so we wander out onto the terrace to watch it with the full impact of the music.
As we return to our table, the mains arrive. A selection of delicious Japanese kebabs, with Wagyu beef, chicken and green onions, and shrimp in tarragon butter. They are all super tender, having been grilled on the robata, and packed full of flavour. The Wagyu, cooked in black pepper, sauce is a must-try.
Aware that we’re about five bites from being (maki) rolled out of the restaurant, we opt for a light fruit platter dessert, ending out meal on a sweet note.
INFO: The Address Downtown Roundabout, The Promenade, Downtown Dubai, 04 277 8808; katana-dubai.com