Review: Paru

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A rooftop restaurant ready to be your new go-to sundowner spot…

Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai is the slightly more modern, contemporary sister of the neighbouring Palace. While the Palace has grand sculptures of the namesake Roman emperor, the Resort features neon illustrations and quirky artworks.

Paru, which is Japanese for pearl, sits on the rooftop of the resort and is the second Dubai venture for celebrity Michelin-starred chef Akira Back.

The first area of the restaurant is an outdoor terrace, which to our surprise is bustling with diners, despite only having opened a couple of weeks prior. We’re shown a sofa table under the shadow of Ain Dubai, overlooking the glistening Arabian Gulf and Dubai Marina’s ever-present skyline.

To the left is the main restaurant and bar, which has a white origami-style trellis travelling along the ceiling and back wall, allowing a neon LED light to glow through. The final area is the lounge terrace, where guests can enjoy a cocktail and shisha, overlooking the hotel’s stunning pool deck.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can opt for the modern omakase (Japanese for ‘I’ll leave it up to you’) menu, where the chef will personally choose five courses (Dhs450) or seven courses (Dhs750) for you to sample. Hopefully you’ll get to meet courteous Head Chef Jin Woong Kim for yourself as he often likes to visit tables for guests’ feedback.

Our omakase tasting begins with wagyu beef tataki (Dhs140). The tender slices of wafer-thin beef are lightly infused with subtle truffle flavours. Alongside it is a refreshing seaweed salad (Dhs60), which is both crunchy and sweet to complement the savoury beef discs.

Our waitress is enthusiastic and knowledgeable, keen to share insider information as each plate of glass arrives. Next, we’re presented with a sushi tray named Paru house (Dhs105). The generous selection offers a mix of nigiri and sashimi from salmon and tuna to scallop and shrimp. Delicately prepared, it makes for a light and enjoyable starter.

Our mains include a juicy wagyu ribeye (Dhs295), which had been sliced into bitesize strips and topped with flavourful mushrooms, and the grilled Scottish salmon (Dhs120), that was slightly over-salted.

If you’re a fan of citrus desserts, you need to try the aptly named ‘Lemon’ (Dhs40) for your final course. Crafted into the shape of the fruit, just take a spoon to crush through the sweet cream to reach the gooey Japanese mochi ice-cream centre.

If you’re searching for one of those ‘I feel like I’m on vacation’ moments, cross over to the second terrace after your meal for a cocktail or pot of tea and take in the stunning night-sky views.

Paru, Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai, Bluewaters, Sat to Wed 5pm to 1am, Thur & Fri 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 556 6466. caesars.com/dubai/restaurants/paru