Expat Life in Dubai

Catching up at Miyabi Sushi and Bento

March 9, 2013

My friends and I need to have our Japanese food fix for the month and since we’re getting a pretty good discount from Miyabi Sushi and Bento, it was a unanimous decision that we should satisfy our Jap-craving there. It’s located beside the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Sheikh Zayed right behind UAE Exchange.

The place is quaint and small, they do have a second floor though so don’t be put off if you see that the place is packed on the ground floor. We arrived at around 7pm and we were the only souls at the time however, it draws more crowd as it gets later in the night. I wasn’t very sure if it was customary for them or the chef just felt generous to us and gave us a complimentary serving of california maki.

Compliments by the chef.

Compliments by the chef.

For starters, I ordered seaweed which is my absolute favorite. If I can buy a whole tin of this I will, please let me know if anyone knows a place where I can buy it from – a whole tin.

Yum!

Yum!

For main course, we ordered the love boat with all sorts of their specialties from their sushi and rolls menu and we also ordered shabu shabu along with it. Bear in mind that we were only 3 ladies at the time, yes we were hungry.

The love boat.

The love boat.

It looks tempting right? Well in reality, it wasn’t that great. I don’t know what it lacks but it’s not the best I’ve ever had. In fact, it can’t even be counted as one of those that I liked. I love sushis, makis and rolls – just not these ones.

The vegetables for the shabu shabu.

The vegetables for the shabu shabu.

Seafood for the shabu shabu.

Seafood for the shabu shabu.

Shabu shabu

Shabu shabu

Generally, I’m not a really big fan of shabu shabu. I don’t get the point of why you would need to pay to cook your own meal in a restaurant. We ordered our shabu shabu in miso soup with a little bit of spice and because I love miso soup, I liked this as well. It wasn’t great but it was enjoyable specially because they were generous with the ingredients that they gave us. Lol.

We stayed there for about 3 hours trying to finish off the feast on our table but we were unsuccessful in doing so, so we had to take some of the sushis and rolls home. The experience wasn’t entirely great but it wasn’t entirely awful as well. I’ll probably go back if I need a quick fix of Japanese food but it wouldn’t be the first choice.

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  • Reply nadamohammed March 9, 2013 at 20:10

    Please let me know the next time you go for your Japanese food monthly fix! I would love to join! I have done online research on the best sushi in Dubai and have tried two places from the list: Bento Ya and Sumo Sushi. I believe that Sumo sushi offers the best casual dining sushi place at a reasonable price. We should go there together one time. I’ll send you the link for the article with the top sushi places in Dubai.

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