Restaurant: Katana Robata & Sushi Bar, Dubai
Location: The Address Roundabout, The Promenade, overlooking the lake, Downtown, Dubai
Cuisine: Japanese – Robata & Sushi Bar
Price Range: AED 180-200 for two (without alcohol)
Date of Dining: 28th Sep, 2016
The ambience is very stylish and perfect for a romantic dinner for two or when you just want to unwind with your buddies. The icing on the cake is the view that overlooks the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, standing majestically, in all its glory – the LED display shimmering and mesmerizing you while it stands tall, reaching for the skies.
Bubbles Night Menu
Tuna & Salmon Sashimi
Japanese food is light on the palate as it is on the stomach and the first course consisted of Tuna & Salmon sashimi, served on a bed of ice and a garnish of daikon and perilla leaves. Gari (pickled ginger) and a slice of lime adorned the presentation. On the edge of the serving box was a dab of wasabi, a very spicy paste that is to be served in miniscule portions. The fish was absolutely fresh (a prerequisite for sashimi) and melt-in-the-mouth delicious! To be honest, while I had eaten sushi before, this was my first experience with sashimi but I totally loved it.
Sashimi is recommended to be eaten without being drowned in sauces as you want to tantalize your tastebuds with the experience of eating something fresh and in its original, raw state thus taking in the flavours of the ocean.
While we were still enjoying it, the Garden Salad was served. Despite its simple name, this bowl of baby greens was bursting with flavours brought in by the soy ginger dressing. The taste was more promising that the way this humble dish looked.
The Salmon Carpaccio which is salmon shashimi topped with shimeji mushrooms, feta cheese, edible kiko flowers & daikon leaves was a delightful combination of paper thin salmon and a variety of textures and flavours.
“Hamachi do you love me?” asked the fish to its citrusy soymate 🙂 The Hamachi Diced Chilli that was served in quick succession was my favourite as it had a great combination of flavours that sparkled with the ponzu sauce, a citrus and soy based sauce that was drizzled all over it.
The choice of robata included Negima (chicken scallions) with Yakitori Sauce, Ebi (shrimp) with Tarragon Butter and Sea Bass with Yakitori Sauce. If you ask me, each one was better than the other but I loved the Ebi, ebi’t more than the rest 🙂
Each of these skewered foods had a dipping sauce to go with it. My favourite was the ginger sauce (topmost in the picture below). The whole combination of flavours is very different from your usual experience with skewered foods. If you like the Asian satays then you will love the robata even more.
Everything was going great at this point. The mood was right. The tempo of the music – great! The divine seafood was devoured – perfect! Suddenly, ‘rice to meet you’ said the sushi! and there it was! Katana’s signature rolls, the Katana Maki – sushi rolls with spicy tuna and shrimp tempura inside, tuna and salmon on top with a dab of spicy mayo garnish. The maki was served with gari (pickled ginger slices) and soy sauce. A dream come true! Super delicious and pretty filling as the portion size was very good for two. I was literally on a ‘roll’ as I surely didn’t want it to be a tempura’ry feeling! I am definitely going back for more sometime in the future!
Lychee & Mandarin Sorbet
Finally, the very elegantly crafted meal came to an end with a choice of dessert. I picked the Mandarin Sorbet while my sister-in-law chose the Lychee version. A sorbet (pronounced as ‘sor-bay’) is essentially a frozen dessert made from sweetened & flavoured water (usually with fruit juice or wine). Refreshing, light and very summery is how I would describe both of these desserts. A perfect end to a lovely night at Katana.
A visit to Katana is a wholesome experience. Not only did I get to know a lot about Japanese cooking techniques, but also got to enjoy some very fresh and delectable seafood, my favourite kind! The ambience accompanied by lovely music is great. The serveware is classy and the seating, comfortable.
The staff is very pleasant & helpful and greet you in unison as you enter the place with ‘Irasshaimase’ which means ‘come on in/welcome’ and ‘Arigatou’ which means ‘thank you’ as you leave.
This place is worth your time and money if you want to savour great food in a calm atmosphere. If you want to treat someone to a special dinner then Katana Robata & Sushi Bar should be on top of your list of places to dine at!
Full Disclosure: I was invited for a tasting at Katana Robata & Sushi Bar, Dubai. All opinions expressed above are my own.