Restaurant Review: Wonton House, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

An eclectic Asian spot with surprisingly good sushi
ByOlivia SpadavecchiaSaturday , 10 May 2014
Restaurant Review: Wonton House, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

If you’ve tired of your usual casual sushi spot, you’ll be very pleased by the arrival of Wonton House. There’s a massive sushi menu with generous portions of sashimi averaging around the Dhs30 mark, and the maki ranges from the conventional to more creative combinations, such the impressive volcano roll with salmon, tuna, shrimp, crabstick, tobiko, togarashi, tempura flakes and mayonnaise. For hot starters, the vegetable Manchurian balls were covered in an intensely garlicky chilli sauce and, despite the ‘vegetable’ moniker, were delicious but by no means healthy. As many Asian restaurants do, the menu veers between the cuisines of different countries and Wonton House also includes an Indian selection, from which we tried the tandoori paneer. It was simple and with great texture and lovely smokiness. Heading back in the direction of Japan, we sampled the katsu-style curry with breaded chicken, carrots, peas and onions. Despite the sauce, the chicken was still crisp and meaty, but the dish needed rice, and the menu failed to mention that this doesn’t come as standard. 

As with many eateries that cover the full spectrum of Asian cuisine, there’s a big element of hit and miss. My advice when visiting Wonton House is to stick to the sushi as it’s something it obviously executes well with quality fresh ingredients, while some of the noodle and stir-fry dishes relied more on flavour enhancers than freshness. INFO: Al Kawakeb Building, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 343 8777/7733, wonton@wontonhouseuae.com, www.wontonhouseuae.com