Review: OKKU

Exuding innovation and creativity at its location at Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, the award-winning Japanese restaurant, bar and lounge OKKU captivates diners with its chic ambience. From the moment you step through the doors, you’re enveloped in a carefully orchestrated blend of vibrant lighting, intricate decor, and a bespoke OKKU scent featuring notes of mandarin, bergamot, and orange blossom.

The interiors pay homage to Japanese culture and aesthetics, from traditional Yakisugi decorative wooden panels, signature stone walls and bespoke Japanese-inspired artworks to eight striking 3D-printed Samurai soldiers, every aspect serves as a nod to Japanese heritage. One of the standout features of OKKU is its breathtaking space, where the main restaurant takes centre stage with a remarkable 20-meter Sushi Bar & Robata Grill where we took our seats to enjoy the bustling scene. If you’re looking for a more relaxed setting, the OKKU lounge beckons with its plush lounge seating, accompanied by a glamorous central bar.

The highlights

OKKU provides diners with a delightful journey through its extensive menu, featuring signature ‘O’ style dishes to offer an enticing and riveting experience. Begin with the mild yet smoky Shishito peppers, followed by the crispy rock shrimp coated in a sweet pepper-soy sauce and crispy Chicken karaage infused with ginger and sesame, complemented by a drizzle of sweet chilli-soy sauce.

For a visually striking and delectable delight, indulge in the fiery ‘O’ style Avocado kazan, featuring creamy avocado, asparagus, and mushrooms crowned with spicy mayonnaise.

For the main course, we delved into the Wagyu Himalayan shioyaki (200GR), a culinary masterpiece featuring Wagyu 9+ beef cooked table-side on a sizzling Himalayan salt stone, served with rocket, spring onion, garlic scape, and an array of delectable condiments, including chilli garlic and butter. Equally enticing was the Chilli-miso baby chicken yakiniku, impeccably grilled on the robata.

Desserts soon graced our table, including the enchanting ‘O’ style Mango mousse, a combination of coconut and mango mousse, almond crumble, and an assortment of fresh fruits, all adorned with a luscious pour of mango sauce.

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