Words: Ayesha Pajares (ayesha@bien.ae)

If there’s something we at BIEN religiously do, it’s doing something mid-week–movie nights, grabbing after-office drinks, shopping, name it. We’ll share what we did last Wednesday.

Perfect for those who are craving for something with their girls before the work week officially ends, Katana Robata and Sushi Bar, the award-winning Japanese restaurant from Los Angeles has recently launched “Bubbles, Bites & Beats“, a mid-week celebration of delectable Japanese offerings and of course, wine. Held every Wednesday, everyone can choose from 12 varieties of bubbles–ranging from Brut to Rosé. Ala carte dishes are on 25% off, glasses start from AED20, and the bottles, from AED150.

Located at The Address Roundabout, The Promenade, Downtown DubaiKatana is an ideal place where you can indulge in food and drinks whilst getting a stunning view of the Burj Khalifa. Because seriously, however long you have stayed in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa never fails to fascinate.

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The Katana ambiance gives off a relaxing and urban vibe, perfect for a date night or a night out with the girls. The interior design is a juxtaposition of urban Hollywood glamour and traditional Japanese, with some contemporary beats in the background to complete the mid-week partying mood.

Of course the most important element of any restaurant–the food. Everything’s A+.

We kicked it off with their Tuna and Salmon Sashimi. Both were just how we like it–buttery and melts in the mouth. Btw, the ginger is the perfect palate cleanser as it readies the mouth for the next dish. Well after tasting their sashimi our palates indeed are ready.

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We also had their Garden Salad, drizzled in light soy ginger vinaigrette. Order this if you want something light and healthy to start your Japanese feast.

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Up next is the Salmon Carpaccio, which will delight salmon sashimi lovers. It’s thinly-sliced salmon topped with shimeji mushrooms, feta cheese, kiko flowers, and daikon leaves. I’ve eaten in a lot of Japanese restaurants here and abroad but it’s my first time to taste this.

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The Hamachi Diced Chili is hamachi (Japanese amberjack) swimming in a mixture of ponzu sauce and citrus and soy-based sauce. It’s flavourful and light, with the fish melting in your mouth.

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Robata (or skewers, in layman’s term) of ebi (prawns), sea bass, and negima (chicken scallions) is also a must-try for the complete Katana experience. Each type of robata had special sauces that go with it, injecting more flavours to the already flavourful meats.

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Of course, the sushi. Any Japanese restaurant experience won’t be complete without sushi. Katana Maki, their signature sushi roll, is composed of tempura and spicy tuna fillings (do you call them fillings??) with tuna and salmon sashimi on top. If we weren’t that full we would have ordered seconds. ;)

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And then finally, the desserts. We were looking forward to what they’re offering as we loved everything. For dessert they served us their famous Lychee and Mandarin Sorbet, a must-try if you’d ask me.

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For sure we’ll be back for their Bubbles Night, this time with more company. ;)

Bubbles Night at Katana
Available weekly on Wednesdays from 7pm until close
Bubbles from AED 20, 25% off a la carte menu