Words: Ayesha Pajares (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Photos: Ryan Abad
As what the adage goes, brunch is always a good idea.
We haven’t had brunch in a while so when we heard that Katana, one of our newly-discovered Japanese food spot in Dubai, is having a Red Sun Brunch (a spin on the traditional Friday brunch experience), we were ecstatic and decided to give it a go. (Read our review of their Bubbles, Bites, and Beats promotion here).
After strolling around Dubai Mall, we headed to Katana, located at The Address Roundabout, The Promenade, Downtown Dubai, to have brunch. The ambiance, as usual, is perfect. Kind of like a laidback Friday afternoon, with a picturesque view of the Dubai Fountain and the majestic Burj Khalifa.
Unlike the traditional buffet, Katana offers a set menu with a wide array of their bestsellers:
It was a good thing that we only had fruits that day. We were starving so we were ready to face the gastronomic Japanese food feast we were about to devour. We had some bubbles and juices to wash everything down.
For starters, we had edamame, garden salad, salmon carpaccio, chips & avocado puree, and moriawase tempura.
The sea salt in their edamame gave a nice spin to the usual. You may also opt for chili garlic, for that additional kick.
It was the second time that we tried their Garden Salad. Again, they used only the freshest vegetables available and the soy vinaigrette had just the right amount of tang to complement the taste of the mixed baby greens.
Their Salmon Carpaccio, made of feta cheese, shimeji mushroom, and thinly-sliced king salmon sashimi, will delight salmon lovers (like us!). The shimeji mushroom taste combines well with the salmon.
The Moriawase Tempura is a mix of tiger prawns and vegetables. It was lightly-fried and crunchy: just how we like our tempura.
Now with the robata (or skewers). They had gyu (angus beef with soy tare), negima (chicken and green onions), sake (king salmon with soy tare), ebi (tiger prawn with tarragon miso), and tomorokoshi (yuzu shiso butter corn). Everything was so tender and flavorful so the whole set was gone in a few minutes.
Then with the sushi, our second favorite part (next to desserts, wink wink). We were immediately transformed to Katana sushi devotees the first time we ever sampled them. The presentation was just a bonus.
They had ebi jalapeno (rock shrimp with jalapeno), katana (yellowtail and tuna atop with tuna and shrimp tempura), yasai maki (vegetarian roll), nigiri sushi (salmon and ebi), and sashimi (salmon, tuna, and yellowtail). My favorite, hands down, was the katana maki.
Now with the hot dishes.
The Jidori Chicken is a free range chicken with ginger relish, yuzu pepper, and sea salt. Squeeze some lemon to it and you have a tangy surprise. They had Mixed Chahan, or fried rice with chicken & prawn, that excites the Asian in us. No meal is complete without rice so we gorged every hot dish with rice.
Being lovers of salmon, their Umami Salmon, grilled in a special umami soy, is one of our faves. It was sweet with the right amount of piquancy.
And our favorite: the yakiniku. It was surprisingly tender and the right amount of thickness. The rich and juicy fusion made it a grilled delight every meat lover must not miss.
They also had Ingen Itame, sauteed green beans with sweet garlic sauce. Because there should be some veg to balance all the meat.
And nowww with my favorite: the desserts.
Just. Look. At. All. Of. These.
They served Mango Tofu Yuzu Cheesecake, which is a must-try as it’s not as sweet as other cheesecakes. The dessert platter also includes Azuki Brownie, Macarons, Green Tea Sesame Roll Cake (yay, green tea!), and Lychee & Mandarin Sorbet.
Minimum of two sharing
AED295 (soft drinks)
AED395 (house beverages and buggles)
Brunch guests’ min. age: 10 years old
A full vegetarian offering also available