Review: Sumosan Dubai

The award-winning contemporary Japanese restaurant has finally opened its doors at The Dubai EDITION, with several global outposts across London, Riyadh, Doha, Berlin, and Moscow

Sumosan Dubai

The upscale dining venue offers a laid-back atmosphere with Japanese artistry and craftsmanship, courtesy of the low-hanging lights, warm earthy tones, brass accents, and Japanese-inspired motifs on the ceilings. It’s a quiet Wednesday evening when we visit and as one of the early visitors, we jump at the chance to take a seat across the open-space kitchen to catch an up-close view of all the action. For a quick tour, we noticed the vibrant indoor terrace JBar, boasting unrivalled views of the Burj Khalifa and Address Downtown.

The highlights

Presented with the menu, we instantly notice its brimming with a selection of dishes drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese culinary techniques infused with a modern twist. To start, we indulge in the freshly made Homemade tacos with piquant Wagyu beef, served in a traditional Japanese leaf plate, with a side of lime for an added sprinkle of zest. The starter, without a doubt, was the star of the show, with an exquisite mild soya and spicy sauce stirred with minced beef. The Crispy chicken Karaage doused in savoury gochujang sauce was served topped with roasted cashew nuts and a side of ponzu sauce. The dish was mopped up as soon as it arrived (guilty as charged), all thanks to its oh-so-moreish sweet and umami notes.

While my dining partner and I aren’t fond of raw seafood, we opted for the famed Crispy sushi rice pizza with salmon furikake as it came in highly recommended. To our delight (and one of our favourite orders from the menu), the pizza’s crust is made from deep-fried crispy sushi rice topped with thinly-cut sashimi slices, sesame seeds, and chilli flakes for that hint of spice. The 24-Hour miso marinated black cod and the Wagyu Sando with fries and true sauce were our chosen mains.

While we waited for our dishes, the resident DJ upped the ante for the remainder of the night with funky tunes. The hearty black cod tucked around a Hoba leaf was tender and cooked to perfection. On the other hand, the Wagyu Sando sandwiched in a home-baked milk bread with a succulent Wagyu fillet in the middle and topped with unagi was exquisite. The fries with creamy true sauce on the side only further amped up the experience.

To finish off, Sumosan’s iconic Chocolate fondant was a no-brainer. The fondant is hailed for its 20-year legacy because of its skillful presentation and flavour of the chocolate brownie filled with white chocolate, drizzled with matcha and chocolate syrup, all paired with a side of vanilla ice cream – absolutely decadent!

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