Abu Dhabi's best sushi
What’s On list the best Japanese restaurants in Abu Dhabi. Find out where to get the best sushi in Abu Dhabi, including Sushi Art and Zuma.
An excellent Japanese restaurant that adds a European twist to some dishes (thanks to some input from Michelin-starred French chef Joël Robuchon), the menu is gigantic and equally creative.
The Galleria, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Al Maryah Island, Sat to Wed noon to 11pm, Thur and Fri noon to midnight. Tel: (800) 220. Taxi: The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. sushiart.ae
A winner at the 2014 What’s On Awards, Sushi Central has opened a second outlet near the port in Al Mina. Extremely fresh sushi and sashimi, plus tasty tempura and gyoza.
Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 11am to midnight. Tel: (600) 520007. Taxi: opposite Dana Plaza, Khalidiyah. sushicentral.ae
The pink, red and black décor might be a bit garish but the food is good value for money.
Mina Road, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 12.30pm to 12.30am. Tel: (02) 6769911. Taxi: Near Al Diar Capital Hotel. samurai.ae
The sushi and rolls are a bargain thanks to the huge portion sizes. Ordering can be erratic, as many items on the menu are often not available.
Salam Street, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to midnight. Tel: (02) 6503028. Taxi: corner of Salam and Hamdan Streets
You’ll find its neon blue lighting next to Masdar City’s wind tower. Think bento boxes, platters, sushi rolls, nigiri and even veggie dishes.
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, daily 11am to 11.30pm. Tel: (02) 5570500. Taxi: Masdar City. sumosushi.net
A winner at the 2014 What’s On Awards (and was also awarded two hats in our 2015 Black Hat Guide). Not surprisingly, it serves some of the most creative sushi in the city including our favourite: grilled eel with avocado, sweet omelette and Japanese vegetable gobo.
The Galleria, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur noon to 3pm, 7pm to 1am, Fri and Sat, noon to 3pm, 7pm to 2am. Tel: (02) 4015900. Taxi: The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. zumarestaurant.com
Tori No Su
A teppanyaki counter, dim sum lounge and passionate chefs at this former What’s On Awards winner, alongside a vast range of sushi.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur noon to 3pm and daily 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 8115666. Taxi: Etihad Towers. jumeirah.comv
THE ETIQUETTE OF EATING SUSHI
Koi’s executive chef Daisuke Yoshizaki reveals the dos and don’ts about Japanese food
If you’re using chopsticks to eat sushi, turn the sushi on its side so that you are able to hold both the fish and rice together. This will make it much easier to eat!
When adding wasabi to the top of the sashimi you should use your chopsticks and then dip into the soy sauce before eating. Adding too much wasabi will hide the natural flavour of the fish. Also, the sushi should be dipped into the soy sauce on the side where the fish is placed so that the rice does not crumble.
When eating sushi, place it in your mouth with the fish touching your tongue so that the complete flavour of the fish can be enjoyed.
Ginger and daikon (a root veg) are served as accompaniments to sushi. What some people don’t know is they were originally intended to be a palate cleanser, rather than to be eaten with the sushi.
Sushi and sashimi should not be handed to each other between chopsticks as this mimics a traditional Japanese funeral tradition, which some may find offensive. Instead, allow your guest to pick up their own sushi/sashimi using their own chopsticks.