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Best Japanese Dishes in Dubai

14 Restaurants
MICHELIN’s inspectors narrow down which dish to try at these MICHELIN-recommended Japanese restaurants in Dubai.
Updated on 24 June 2024
Bulgari Resort Dubai Hotel, 4th Floor, Jumeirah Bay Island, Jumeirah 2, Dubai
$$$$ · Japanese

This one MICHELIN star Japanese restaurant offers an intimate omakase experience with just nine seats, located in the stylish Bulgari Resort Dubai. Skilled sushi master, chef Masahiro Sugiyama, crafts each course based on guests' preferences, ensuring no two meals are alike. Inspectors recommend the delicate sushi and highlight the exceptional quality of raw ingredients, from baby prawns to octopus.

Akira Back
5th Floor, W Dubai Hotel, West Crescent Road, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
$$$$ · Japanese Contemporary

With incredible views of Dubai’s skyline, this MICHELIN-selected restaurant expertly merges Japanese cuisine with Korean influences, utilising seasonal and artisanal ingredients. The dish to try here is their nigiri platter, featuring top-quality red tuna, smoked eel, ague leaf and sea urchin tongue.

Mimi Kakushi
Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2, Dubai
$$ · Japanese Contemporary

Step back in time to the 1920s at this MICHELIN-selected contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar. Mimi Kakushi is a spot for groups to share hot and cold plates of sashimi, sushi, tempura and gyoza. Don't miss out on their chicken and edamame gyoza with garlic chili sauce - our inspector’s favourite, noted for its character and delicious flavour.

Shop 02, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 1, Al Urouba St​reet, Dubai
$ · Japanese Contemporary

The spotlight is on premium Asian cuisine with a Japanese twist at this homegrown Bib Gourmand eatery. Step into their pared-back interior and soak up the laid-back vibe while indulging in dishes that deliver a flavoursome punch. Overlooking the Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, our inspectors recommend trying the Wagyu truffle burger for its exceptional meat quality, delicate truffle notes and gooey melted cheese, all nestled within a soft burger bun.

REIF Japanese Kushiyaki - Dar Wasl
Unit 70, Dar Wasl Mall, Al Wasl Road, Dubai
$ · Japanese Contemporary

More than just a kushiyaki restaurant as its name suggests, this Bib Gourmand restaurant brings a fresh and affordable twist to beloved Japanese dishes. One dish that caught our inspector's eye is their rock shrimps kushi katsu with a sweet and spicy golden miso sauce - a delightful fusion of sweetness and juiciness.

Atlantis The Palm, 22nd Floor, Crescent Road, The Palm Jumeriah, Dubai
$$$$ · Japanese Contemporary

This renowned restaurant located in Atlantis, The Palm is known for its Japanese cuisine with a Peruvian influence. One particular dish that stood out to our inspectors is the must-try shrimp tempura. It is served piping hot from the open kitchen and encased in a fine, super crisp batter that nearly melts when dipped into the accompanying sauce.

Gate Village 11, DIFC, Dubai
$$$$ · Japanese Contemporary

Offering three distinct dining spaces – a restaurant, bar, and terrace – and a hidden speakeasy, MICHELIN-selected, Clap serves modern Japanese dishes in the heart of DIFC. Their black cod miso with a sweet citrus miso sauce is worthwhile – garnished with fine crunchy vermicelli and accompanied by charred gem lettuce topped with parmesan cheese on a bed of black seaweed.

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Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai
$$ · Japanese Contemporary

At this Japanese steakhouse in Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, its open kitchen takes centre stage, showcasing the traditional Japanese cooking technique of warayaki. Their Australian Wagyu MB 4-5 ribeye is an inspector’s favourite. It's thinly sliced, caramelised and served with a light miso barbecue sauce, zesty yuzu kosho mayo and a gyu tare chipotle chilling sauce.

Burj Khalifa, 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai
$$$$ · Japanese Contemporary

Enjoy a creative fusion of traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine at this MICHELIN-selected spot in Armani Hotel Dubai. Their taiga ebi impressed inspectors with its fresh, sweet, and juicy prawns, coated in a thin, crispy batter and served with tendashi sauce and a complementary side of squash tempura.

The Onyx Tower 2, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
$ · Japanese

This cosy izakaya-style restaurant offers a wide range of Japanese dishes at great value. Inspectors recommend trying their signature Shio Paitan ramen, with homemade noodles in a flavourful chicken broth, juicy thigh meat, aged egg, black garlic oil and a hint of chilli heat. Dried nori sheets complete this carefully crafted dish, showcasing Kinoya's commitment to quality.

Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai
$$ · Japanese Contemporary

Take your pick of its diverse Japanese menu, known for capturing delicate umami flavours and using quality ingredients. This Bib Gourmand restaurant delivers authentic tastes in a contemporary atmosphere. Their ebi fry is a highlight, with six fresh king prawns coated in a panko crumb, perfectly fried. Topped with finely grated parmesan for a unique twist, it is served with a homemade sriracha-style yoghurt dip, big enough for two to enjoy.

99 Sushi Bar
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai
$$$$ · Japanese Contemporary

Hailing from Madrid, this opulent MICHELIN-selected restaurant in Downtown Dubai offers sushi with a view. Perfect for special occasions, our inspector recommends ordering the robata lamb chop. You'll enjoy two succulent lamb chops, perfectly caramelised and juicy, served with shredded daikon and grilled shishito peppers.

First Floor, Banyan Tree Dubai, Palace Tower, Dubai
$$$$ · Japanese

Indulge in an ultra-luxe Japanese fine dining experience on Bluewaters. Its menu boasts a premium selection of sushi and A5 Kobe beef, imported straight from Japan. Our inspectors thoroughly enjoyed their toro tuna, served in a glass bowl with salmon roe, caviar and a touch of wasabi.

Gate Village 6, DIFC, Dubai
$$$ · Japanese Contemporary

A buzzy restaurant in DIFC’s Gate Village, this MICHELIN-selected contemporary Japanese restaurant is known for its well prepared, fresh quality ingredients. Our inspectors praise their nigiri and describe their fish as expertly sliced and their rice perfectly cooked, resulting in sushi of exceptional quality, both delicate and flavourful.