One of my first post to a Japanese cuisine. If you are a part time sushi eater like me then this is one sushi restaurant you need to visit. After being at Sushi Art I now have a different perspective. This one’s located at Jumeirah Beach Residence at the walk just opposite to the Sand Castles made by an Australian artist. It’s amazing how someone can create something like that with sand. The sand artist has done it so well that some people don’t even believe that it’s all sand. Just as i was impressed with sand art, I was impressed the same way by Sushi Art. I guess it was a good day for me.
Sushi Art is one of the closest restaurant from the beach with beautiful wooden interior designs. I love their pretty looking lights and different seating options. You can sit out but be in their shade and eat feeling the breeze and fresh air or you could opt to sit on any of their custom dine-in setup. We sat in their cozy cabin which was surrounded by wooden decor.
I didn’t know much about this restaurant until I got briefed about it once I was in the restaurant. It seems every year they choose one chef to architect their menu and this year it is Joel Robuchon. Joel Robuchon is quite famous and is mentioned on wiki page! he has won several awards and one of them as “Chef of the century” award. It’s quite an honor to have an opportunity to eat some made by the world’s best voted chef.
Now that’s some of our starters you are looking at. The hot spicy MISO soup had a nice flavour to it and it was the right order to start with in the cold evening. You would find Tofu pieces inside it as well. The soup was reasonably priced too. The salads were different here and not the usual list of vegetables that you find in a salad menu. My favourite was the seaweed salad. Easy to eat and something you could enjoy. The Edameme was actually a headache for me. Every time I put a piece in my mouth I had to spit out the skin. I am not sure if people eat the entire thing or there is a different way to eat it. These are supposed to be very healthy salads by the way. So I was happy eating something different and better. It’s the dressing on the spinach that gives the taste to the baby spinach salad but otherwise it was too much of leaf only for me.
New style Salmon Tartare – Finely Chopped Salmon, Capers, Parsley, Onion, Robuchon sauce – 180g.
Marinated Tartare – Salmon, Tuna, Cucumber, Leek, Mint, Coriander, Marinade – 180g.
Salmon Tartare – Salmon Avocado with Japanese Mayonnaise, Salmon Roe – 180g.
New Style Tartare was my favourite in the lot which is a creation by chef Joel Robuchon. You can see orange salmon eggs placed on top of both salmon tartare. They say it’s good source of omega 3. They give you their spicy and sweet soy sauce which I thought played an important role in adding that extra taste to entice you further. These sauces are given in a nice packing for a take away. Below you can see the take away size otherwise in house they place their signature bottle on your table.
Before those platters came in I was given this ginger you see above. Since the platter comes with too many little items it will be difficult for you to gauge the actual taste of a second item after you have one. So you have this garlic each time you want to reset your taste 😉 A handy info. Thanks to those automatic chopsticks they provide you it’s been easy using them else I always give up and go with the fork. Next time I’ll make a point to ask every Sushi restaurant if they can provide any of these automatic chopsticks. Actually we were given the professional ones first(with no rubber bands) but they gave an automatic one to my son, I then hinted the waitress I too am an amateur with chopsticks :p You really need to use chopsticks to enjoy sushis is what I understood after using them that night.
Joel Robuchon Box – Dhs 154 which contains:
- 6 Crispy Lobster Roll – lobster, banana, cucumber, yuzu mango sauce, soy leaf
- 6 Hawaian roll – shrimp, basil, avocado, salmon, kiwi, yuzu mango sauce
- 6 Spicy ebi roll – shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado, purple potato chips, yuzu sauce, kosho –
- 2 seared scallop – seared scallop, miso saikyo sauce
If you are in here for lunch let me tell you one thing clearly. Don’t forget to order this signature Joêl Robuchon platter for Dhs 154. All that on this plate is gold. The Spicy Ebi roll was the most in demand on our table. Surely when you eat his creations the taste is one level up.
The hand rolls we ordered which were spicy salmon and tuna were a little too much for me in portion. I prefer to eat them in little portions like how they came in a platter. This was more like a shawarma wrap with thick content of salmon and sushi inside it. The Lox and cream cheese was nice with cheese playing the main role.
Wagyu beef tataki miso sauce with Truffle – Finely sliced seared wagyu beef, ginger, chive
Tonight we’ve tasted too many varieties but if you ask me to pick just one item again then it has to be their wagyu beef which was served to us cooked and well done. It was one of the best tasting wagyu beef I’ve had. Really good and we literally couldn’t stop taking one piece after the other.
Mochi ice creams very different. They come wrapped in a thick coconut paste. You then tear open them to unleash the icecream in it. It come in pairs of two. Ice cream Flavors come in mango, coconut, chocolate and strawberry). The favourite for me was the mango Mochi.
The chocolate fondant came served warm and once cracked open you get the hot lava chocolate flowing out of this cake. As expected once you start, you just can’t stop having it until it’s over.
Cheesecake is served plain without any sauce but since I requested for some sauce on it they managed to arrange me a mango sauce. Cheese cake was good too but nothing different like some of their other items.