Mori-sh sushi?

It was a warm mid week evening when we set off Downtown to Mori Sushi, located on a quiet stretch of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd. For those who come by car parking is free in the car park behind the restaurant, with a validated token.

Mori sushi originated in Brazil, then opened a store in Egypt before finally landing in Dubai. It’s a fusion menu with inspiration coming from South America.

The staff greet us with a warm welcome and ask if we’d like to sit inside or out. We try outside firstly, but after noticing a mosquito bite or two, we swiftly change to an inside one. The decor screams modern industrial with steel beams, wooden finishings and an impressive light feature which hangs over a round sharing table.

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As we glazed over the extensive menu, we had Wizard on hand, our waiter for the evening as the menu itself is slightly overwhelming. Wizard was very knowledgable when it came to the menu and assisted us in placing our order. Wizard was also very entertaining and had a wicked sense of humor.

Our drinks arrive first, which come served in a carafe which is good for sharing between 2. The mojito passion was slighty sweet with a hint of sourness.

First out for the food was the jalapeño tempura prawn. It had a thick batter and strangely enough a non spicy sauce which was still very dry and left us a little underwhelmed.

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Not to worry as next to arrive was the avocado bowl. Half an avocado which is served warm and scored, topped with white fish, cashews and a ponzu sauce. It was creamy, with a hint of crunch from the nuts. Delicious!

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This was followed by a serving of chicken gyoza which we asked to be fried. A great juicy filling however the outside was a little too oily. Next time I’d choose steamed for sure. The dipping sauce was spot on. Although I couldn’t make out exactly what was in it.

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To try something other than the norm we went for a Halloween roll, however there was so many ingredients that once inside my mouth the flavors were mushed and nothing was distinct or stood out for me. All I know was that it was super crunchy.

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Gunkan is fusion created with rice, 3 types of herbs and pine nuts. From this section of the menu I opted for the Gunkan Fresh Crab. I found it a little on the dry side even with the fresh mango slices. As they are speciality sushi they are served in one piece only. Same with the Joey maki in which I chose the Salmon roll, this was a nice combination but a little too big to eat in one go but then too messy to take bites of.

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From the mains we had to try the black miso cod. It was flakey and flavorsome. A delight on the palette. Still not as good as OKKU but now i’m comparing fine dining to casual dining so for a casual dining restaurant Mori’s black cod is not bad at all.

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To wrap things up we finished with a sweet ending of banana croquettes. Deep fried chunky slices of banana served with a decent helping of vanilla ice cream drizzled in chocolate sauce. Enough for one but also fine to share if you’re just wanting a few spoonfuls.

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If you’re looking for a quite spot for sushi with friends then Mori is for you. The hardest part will be choosing what to order.

Mori Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Have you tried Zengo’s revamped pan-asian menu?

Make no mistake, Zengo is located in Le Royal Meridien and not Meridien Mina Seyahi. Also note, there is a separate parking area for direct access to Zengo. Don’t put the car in valet unless you wish to take a short stroll through the hotel grounds to find it.

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Zengo is probably the biggest Pan Asian restaurant I’ve stepped foot in. Spread out over an indoor and outside dining area with separate bars, 3 of them to be exact. One end houses the sushi bar and grill whilst the middle is a long bar with opposite being the resident DJ who mixes house tunes all evening.

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The furnishings are sleek and detailed with the overall ambiance inviting. The outdoor bar is impressive although the yellow lighting over the outdoor dining table which overlooks the beach, sounds great but it reality wasn’t great for photos so we chose to sit inside at a semi circle booth.

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The food menu is one single page covering Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine which is a new directive created by Chinese Chef Lieu back in September.

The raw dishes are executed and presented beautifully. The fresh seafood tasted divine. I can highly recommend trying the Suzuki aka the seabass sashimi.

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The dumplings I found to be quite average. Not a lot of flavor at all. I’ve tasted better dumplings at Din Tai Fung. The duck pancakes was a strange combination of flavors and textures, not a dish I’d order again.

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I wasn’t fond of the  grilled seafood, as it wasn’t juicy, perhaps a little overcooked as it was powdery in texture.

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The popular main dish is the coconut chicken and I can see why, char grilled sliced pieces of juicy chicken on a bed of coconut sauce with a generous garnishing of green herbs. Delish!

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Our waitress Madina was like our best friend. Chatting away and answering all of our questions without hesitation and also feeding back our thoughts to the chef.

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The drink list is extensive and impressive. I immensely enjoyed the Italian wine. I could of easily knocked back a bottle to myself.

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Ladies Night @ Zengo 7-12pm every Tuesday 3 free drinks and 50% off food

The restaurant was quiet when we dined on a Wednesday night. My guess it would be hard to fill considering the size. I’ve been told the Ladies Night gets quite busy though so it’s best to make a reservation.

Next time I visit I’ll definitely re-order the Thai food and the raw fish.

Call for reservations 043995555

Zengo - Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A hidden Japanese gem @ Sakura

Located in one of the oldest hotels in Dubai, Sakura offers diners an enjoyable dinner experience be it whether you spend time in their tatami tea room, at the raw sushi bar or at one of their interactive teppanyaki stations.

Upon arrival of the Kitchens of Dubai event, we are greeted with a welcome drink. As we choose a table to sit at we notice the attention to detail starting with the black napkins folded neatly into a jacket and the classy pearl sea shell holding our weighted chopsticks.

Once everyone arrives we start off in the tatami tea room which consists of two rooms with sunken tables. Before entering we are asked to remove our shoes and offered a pair of fresh white slippers instead. The soothing music and ambiance felt like we were getting ready for a spa treatment. Instead we are there for a matcha tea demonstration.  The matcha tea is prepared only by a tea master and with a wooden whisk-like instrument and intervals of adding hot water to the green powder. They use the sencha matcha which is the young leaves of the green tea plant grown in the dark which stunts the growth to give a concentrated bright green color.

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Learn Japanese: Su = vinegar shi = rice. Ta-ke = Octopus

Next up we move to the Sushi Counter where Chef Varn demonstrates the making of 3 kinds of sushi rolls. The Lion King Roll which has Salmon on the outside, the Caterpillar roll with avocado on the outside and eel on the inside and the Sakura blossom sushi roll. I was hesitant to try the eel sushi but was pleasantly surprised, it was possibly even my favorite of the three.

Chef Varn then took to the Teppanyaki counter where he showed us his skills. We enjoyed the interactive aspect as we had a chance to try and catch omelette… with only our mouths. Chef Varns was very creative and witty keeping us engaged and entertained whilst preparing  our food. We were served some of the freshest, most delicious seafood and meat. The seasoning was simple just salt & pepper on most with the generous helping of butter. Sakura staff were very accommodating to the vegetarians in the group also.

We ended the KOD lunch with some sake, a traditional alcohol served in a small porcelain cup and made from  distilled rice wine vinegar.

img_4277Sakura is open daily only for dinner but is a great location for those intimate gatherings.

Sakura - Crowne Plaza Dubai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Magnificent Moshi

There’s a new Moshi location in town and it’s bigger and better than before with more seating including some comfy new chairs, a sushi bar that you can eat at and it even comes equipped with it’s own restrooms.IMG_8283The same bright orange color scheme is still there as well as an addition of a mirrored wall and a place to hang your personalized lock. Nawwww cute! ❤IMG_8322Rahul & Khushboo have been hard at work to bring Dubai a new Summer menu just in time for Ramadan. The new menu is below.IMG_8286We tried almost everything off the menu. Highlights for me included the volcano roll (a tempura prawn on top of an avocado base) zaatar labneh maki roll (self explanatory), the edamame & mushroom momos and last but not least the current food trend the sushi burger! A crispy coated chicken patty inside two rice buns with lettuce and a creamy sauce sprinkled in sesame seeds.

Dislikes: The use of too much chilli kind of kills the taste of everything else. Especially when the sushi comes laying in a zig zag of chilli sauce. It’s the first thing that hits your mouth and if your not too fond of chilli then this can ruin your experience. If you are not tolerant to chilli I’d suggest making them know whether you order a take away or dine in as they can customize it to your taste as everything is made fresh in house.IMG_8305IMG_8308Also the hot dog maki I was not a fan of but that’s just personal taste.IMG_8316Moshi to date is still experimenting with unique ingredients and flavors and ways to stay ahead of the pack. It keeps their customers coming back for more.IMG_8285The lotus shake (pictured above) is perfect for that sweet ending with a crunchy twist!

So what are you waiting for? Get down to a Moshi branch near you and try the new Summer menu! #SipDipRoll

Location: Shop 5-6 Oud Metha Building, Oud Metha

Phone: 04 2759056

Moshi - Momo & Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Brunch with Superheros @ Mazina

Don’t put away your comic con costume just yet. Mazina in the Address Hotel Dubai Marina have recently launched a Saturday Superhero themed brunch. Aimed at the kiddies with a dedicated kids’ room complete with jumping castle, magician and self serve food. No one will judge you if you rock up as Super woman, in fact it’s encouraged.

The staff are welcoming upon arrival and show us to our table. There’s the option of also eating on the outside balcony too whilst the weather is still nice. It’s actually more peaceful out there too.

I take a wander around to see what’s on offer before grabbing a plate and tucking in. I notice a cereal station. I’m not sure why anyone would eat this considering the brunch starts at 12:30pm and most people would of had breakfast at home.

I always like to start a brunch with seafood. There was a nice selection of fresh seafood as well as four types of sushi, raw octopus and also salmon and tuna sashimi.

There was no signs on some of the food, which is OK as most stations are manned so you could just ask the friendly staff however signage on all of the food would definitely help especially for the unmanned stations.

The amuse bouche served on ceramic spoons were delightful each with their own mix of flavors.IMG_5723Mocktails – The virgin pina colada and mojito were okay but we preferred the taste of the Summer fizz.IMG_5722There was a pork charcuterie station, a cheese station and a healthy station consisting of fresh salads and juice shots.IMG_5685There was also Indian & Chinese cuisines on offer with one my favorites – dumplings.IMG_5694Although the braised chicken in black bean sauce stole the show. IMG_5739Brunch isn’t complete with a selection of hot roasts. Mazina’s selection includes: Roast Beef, Roast Turkey, Roast Chicken and Roast Pork complete with vegetables and of course Yorkshire puddings. Don’t forget to add the lashings of gravy. However after trying the Roast Pork and the Pork Loin they were both a little too dry for me. The Turkey was the highlight.IMG_5700You could also choose from super tender lamb shanks, pan cooked salmon or seafood paella.

IMG_5699IMG_5702Our tables were cleared quite quickly most of the time with only once we reached back to find a plate still there. That’s quite good considering we went through 5 rounds.

For desserts there was plenty of options but I limited myself to just a few as I was seriously struggling by this point to fit any more in.IMG_5715IMG_5710IMG_5712You can choose from individual portions of desserts, a slice of a full sized cake or tart, a spoonful of hot puddings like Um Ali or drizzle some fruit pieces in the chocolate fountains. The choice is endless and totally yours. I stuck with a choc brownie dipped in more chocolate (totally guilt worthy but worth it), a scoop of bread & butter pudding, a mango pudding and a date and caramel pudding as well as a latte to help me digest it all.IMG_5748The vibe is a very relaxed with a family friendly casual dining atmosphere. More of a buffet lunch than your typical boozy brunch that you might find elsewhere. That’s not to say alcohol isn’t available. There’s a fully stocked bar.

Overall for the price it’s quite reasonable and has a decent variety although not OTT. It’s not overly crowded either so you’ll face zero queues at the buffet. What’s great is the soft package brunch includes water, soft drinks, mocktails and tea and coffee! Not bad at all.

315AED soft package

440AED alcohol package

Don’t forget to sign up to the U by Emaar card to start earning rewards on all your purchases.

Location: Lobby Level, The Address Hotel, Dubai Marina

Phone: 04 4371652

Mazina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dubai Restaurant Week @ OKKU

Dubai Restaurant Week comes around once every year at the end of February. I missed out last year so I made sure I set reminders this time round to ensure I wouldn’t miss out again. For those that don’t know, Dubai Restaurant Week offers diners the ability to sample some of Dubai’s top fine dining establishments with a set menu for just a fraction of the price.IMG_4150The booking was made and the night arrived and off we set, taking a few back roads to avoid the traffic on SZR and we pulled up out the front of the H hotel. Ba Bow. Wrong. Sorry Ma’am, the valet parking is at the rear of the hotel. So we try again, and again and again. 4th time lucky and after much stress we find the valet parking. Like surely it’d be easier if they took your car at the front of the hotel and drove it to the back as they know exactly which tiny alley way to take to valet parking entrance. Anyways we try not let this dampen our evening ahead.IMG_4149We arrive at the front desk and the hand over our reservation number. Oh I’m sorry Ma’am it looks like your booking has been cancelled. Sorry? We wait patiently while they look into the problem and they quickly rectify the situation and show us to our table. OKKU oozes opulence like no other. A chic Japanese restaurant with suave Hollister model-like waiters to match. IMG_4148They bring us some edamame to start, quickly followed by the duck salad which has ample amounts of shredded duck and fresh bursts of pomegranate seeds. Delish!

Then came the sushi boat of scrumptious ebi maki rolls. I could of easily devoured a boat to myself.

IMG_4135They had run out of fresh passion fruit so I opted for a virgin strawberry mojito instead.IMG_4132These were the spicy tuna sushi. Deep fried oblongs of rice topped with marinated spicy tuna pieces. My friends weren’t a fan of these but I didn’t mind it. Something different.IMG_4134Then came the crunchy wasabi prawns. I’m not a fan of wasabi so I tried one but then let my friends finish them off.IMG_4137The yellow fin tuna carpaccio never arrived according to the menu order so I had to ask the waiter for it’s whereabouts. Lucky we did as they were ready to bring us the main course of the miso black cod. Delicate slices of tuna soaked in a yuzu pepper & zesty balsamic ponzu and garnished with circles of spring onion. This was my favorite until the main dish arrived.

The main course and what everyone talks about is how good OKKU’s miso black cod is. They aren’t stingy on the portion size either. Grilled to heavenly perfection you’ve never tried a cod this good. This dish is the eptiome of the term melt in your mouth.

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How could any meal be complete without dessert. Okku offers a dark chocolate fondant which is not too sweet and not to bitter, complete with a side of creamy vanilla ice cream.

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At an affordable 189 dirhams per person #DubaiRestaurantWeek is such a steal. The service was impeccable despite the restaurant being almost at capacity. We left content and with a smile on our faces. OKKU would be the perfect place for date night.

Location: 1st Floor, H Hotel.

Phone: 04 5018888

Okku Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rolling sushi @ Haru Robatayaki

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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. 😊

Haru Robatayaki & Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato