Overall rating: 4.5/5 🍣🍣🍣🍣
Average cost for 2: AED 200
Hello everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed any restaurant. I tried to switch things up by going to a sushi restaurant that’s been in the game for a little more than a decade. Without further adieu, here’s a summary of my experience at Samurai Japanese Restaurant.
Since it’s the first and oldest branch, there really isn’t much to say about the overall decor. It’s got bright red walls decorated with rollup paintings of Geishas and Samurais. They have a small sushi bar by the entrance with a few seats, but unfortunately, not the kind where you can watch the Sushi chef working his magic.
Instead, you get a nice display of various kinds of seafood used to prepare the rolls.
I noticed some of the tables had been decorated with old Katanas. There were also some paper swans under the glass surfaces of the same tables. Felt like an odd choice, yet found it quite amusing.
The staff members were kind and gave us helpful suggestions on what to order. They were also quick to serve the food, which is always a plus.
On the other hand, the food was no joke! We ordered an extra spicy TomYum soup and Kaniko (crab) salad. The soup came in piping hot and my homegirl seemed to enjoy it. The crab salad was average, but a good appetizer nonetheless.
For the mains, we ordered 3 maki rolls that were tastefully presented.
Crunchy Crab roll;
This delicious Uramaki had an avocado center, topped with crunchy crab and spicy mayo drizzle.
Tuna Aburi Roll;
It’s made of grilled tuna and rice stuffed with avocado, crab stick mayo, with salmon roe on top. This roll gets a 5 on presentation alone, however, taste-wise, I gotta say that I enjoyed the other two rolls more. Tuna lovers would definitely appreciate it a lot more than I did.
And last but not least, and probably the absolute best item on their menu; the Dragon Fry Maki!
Tempura battered Futomaki (crabstick, egg and mushrooms filling) fried to perfection. It was savoury, a little sweet and had a nice crispiness to it. You’ve got to try this one!
Other cool things you should know:
• Those who enjoy grilling will probably love trying out the mini Yakiniku (grilled meat) stations fitted into each table.
• For intimate family gatherings, I would recommend checking out their other branch by the Embassies district. They’ve got private rooms with Japanese sliding doors and Tatami mats.
• The same branch also has a sushi converyor if that’s what you’re into.
Quality food and service at a very affordable cost. Be sure to check it out!