Chef Reif Othman opens a beautiful new restaurant in Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah…
It seems that award-winning chef Reif Othman – the man behind many of Dubai’s top Asian restaurants, including the very popular Reif Japanese Kushiyaki – is ready for Sharjah domination, having opened a new restaurant at the luxury historic five-star hotel – Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah.
Nomani, which means ‘in between’ in Japanese, offers a menu that fuses Japanese with Korean cuisine, while the chic decor blends well with the Chedi’s calming and demure atmosphere.
We started with the ever-so-morish Reif fried wings (Dhs58), which come tossed in gochujang – a delicious fermented chilli paste from Korea that gives it a wonderful sweet and spicy flavour. This was swiftly followed by Reif’s Korean mandu dumplings delicately stuffed with chicken and shrimp (Dhs68), and the salmon nigiri (Dhs42 for two pieces).
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For mains, we opted for the whole boneless baby chicken (Dhs108), mildly flavoured with barley miso. Meanwhile, the bibimbap Chilean sea bass (Dhs198), described by our server as a ‘biryani-style dish’, is a simple Korean favourite that’s elevated here using top-class sea bass, rice, fried shallots, tempura nori and edamame. As with most bibimbap, the dish is bought to the table where it is mixed together so you get a taste of all the various flavours with each bite.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Reif restaurant without a special version of his signature wagyu sando. You can find it on the menu, albeit with a slight ‘Nomani’ Asian twist for Dhs168.
For fans of Reif’s unique style of food curation, Nomani certainly hits the spot, offering a selection of many of his favourites with either a fun twist or an upgrade. Definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re staying in the hotel, or on a weekend jaunt in the UAE’s culture capital.
Nomani, Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah, Tel: (0)6 502 5575. @nomani.ae