Expat Life in Dubai

Dubai: Izakaya Social Sushi at JW Marriott Marquis

January 22, 2014
Izaka Social Sushi at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

We’ve finally visited the new JW Marriott Marquis in Business Bay, Dubai. Well it’s not exactly new in the scene of this city but it is for us as we’ve never tried any restaurants/bars in this hotel. The boyfriend was craving for a miso soup so we took a risk and visited Izakaya.

We were greeted by a very quirky receptionist and were guided towards the sushi counter as there were no tables available at the time and we had no reservations. As soon as we’ve entered the restaurant, I knew I was in for a treat. The decor was fun, unique, modern, quirky and vibrant. The servers were all dressed in either cosplay costumes or the traditional kimono. One server though stood out with her green wig, she later introduced herself to us as the “wasabi girl”. :p

The menu was straightforward – a wide variety of teppanyaki and robatayaki were listed on the menu along with your usual Japanese sushi, maki, sashimi etc. After placing our orders, we were transferred to a proper table which just got vacated. We ordered the following:

From top left:

Divine Wind drink – too sour for my taste and probably too light as well?
Miso soup – my first time to see a miso soup with mushrooms, not bad!
Seaweed Salad – the seaweed wasn’t what I’m used to as it was somehow bigger than the usual seaweed that I normally have. Nevertheless, it was awesome!
California Maki – my and the boyfriend’s favorite maki. There were 6 pieces on the plate but we immediately ate 3 of it as soon as it was served to us. :p
Prawn tempura – yummy! I like the flavors that you can put in the tempura sauce to add a different taste to it.
Teppanyaki Prawn – delicious! Too bad they only serve 2 pcs.
Teppanyaki Salmon – so good! It looks small but it’s actually very filling. I loved the sauce that they used.
Teppanyaki Broccoli – I can taste a hint of butter and garlic which was a welcome treat for us as we love the combination of this flavor. The broccoli was also cooked to perfection, crunchy! Yum!

The meals were served in no particular order, whichever comes first from the kitchen will be delivered straight to our table. The miso soup of course came first, thankfully.

So what’s the verdict? We loved it! The decor, the food, the staff – every single thing that this restaurant has is a recipe for us to go back for more. We have not even finished our meal yet and we were already planning our next visit to this place. Good news is, we get staff discount. YAY! Soon, the drinks will also be discounted as advised to us by our server. DOUBLE YAY!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Sam Coran January 23, 2014 at 12:31

    Looks delicious!

    Unfortunately, commoners like SAM doesn’t have the Emirates platinum 25%. haha

    I’ll try this sushi place soon.

  • Reply Ida Cabiati January 22, 2014 at 18:50

    Browsing through your blog made me realised how little I know of food scene in Dubai.. you rock, Noemi!

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  • Reply Matthew Curry January 22, 2014 at 10:21

    Tamago is my favorite, but people in the sushi restaurants around here don’t know what it is. I have to explain it to them, and they usually get confused and bring me fish eggs instead.

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