Konichiwa. Haru meaning spring in Japanese is the first restaurant of its kind in Dubai to bring the robatayaki; a century old cooking technique, which is essentially slow cooking food on skewers over a hot charcoal grill, thus giving adding more flavor to the food.
Haru is located inside the Cedre shopping center in Silicon Oasis and there is ample parking for patrons. Once inside, tucked away in a corner you’ll find Haru. Upon entering the premises you’ll notice the spring theme appearing via cherry blossoms on the walls as well as on the menus.
A long table was set up inside and this was the location for another fabulous Zomato meet up. I met loads of new faces and as well as some familiar ones as well. It was almost like being back in high school with boys down one end of the table and girls at the other. That didn’t deter the foodies from making banter and cracking jokes though.
We were lucky enough to meet Chef Kawamura and have a sushi making class were we each got to try rolling our own salmon maki. Let me tell it’s harder than it looks!
Once done with the class the food did not stop coming.
From the starters my favorite was the chicken gyoza as I’m a massive dumpling fan. They were cooked just right and had a nice juicy chicken filling. Even better when dipped in the vinegar soy sauce.
From the robatayaki grill my favorite was the chicken wrapped in asparagus spears. Grilled to perfection and great tasting.
I found the prawns for me to be overcooked so I wasn’t very fond of them as they lost they texture and flavor.
My favorite sushi rolls were the crispy and spicy and the artic roll. Both of which I’d recommend and both which I’d go back for again. Addictively good. The tempura bits added to both of these rolls just add that extra crunchy texture contrast.
The Tepenyaki chicken also had a great flavor and was another enjoyable dish.
We finished with our choice of ice cream. I opted for the ginger which was very strange but powerful flavor so only choose this flavor if you’re a massive ginger fan. Otherwise it’ll be too overpowering for you. Followed last but not least by a sencha green tea which is great to help us digest all that food!
It was a great evening indeed with loads of laughs and a lovely introduction to Haru. I’m quite looking forward to my next visit as I already have a few favorite dishes. 😊