I went for dinner with my best friend to the brand new restaurant at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Watatsumi that opened from London, as I was craving Japanese food all week, and we decided to check this restaurant on this side of town (JBR/Sufouh Road/Marina end) as everything’s gone downtown these days.
Restaurant name and location: Watatsumi, Le Meridien Hotel Mina Seyahi
Atmosphere: Quiet, as they still didn’t open officially but the interiors were stunning, Japanese lounge like. Think a more cosy Zuma/Hakassan?
What they say: The idea behind the Watatsumi concept is to show “there is more behind Japanese cuisine than raw fish, marrying new flavours and new bold recipes while using Japanese techniques”. Chefs and restaurant staff will focus on creating an “interactive” dining experience for guests, with exciting dishes incorporating fresh and local ingredients.
What to order:
Truffle edamame (As a Truffle lover, this was just amazing. Felt like the usual salty edamame with a tinge of Truffle flavor.)
Chuka seaweed Salad (crunchy & light, a recommended starter dish.)
Wagyu beef dumplings (an interesting alternative to the usual chicken/prawn dumplings)
Soft Shell crab Sushi
King California Sushi
Chocolate spring rolls (crunchy, and if you’re craving chocolate – order this.)
Service: On Point. Our Waiter, Arun was super sweet and helpful.
What I loved:
-The place was just beautiful. Once it finally opens officially and gets a following, it’s definitely a place I’d like to hang out at.
-The menu had quite a few choices for a Japanese restaurant.
-There are barely any restaurants/lounges on this end of town, so this is good news for everyone living on the Marina side.
-Whatever’s ready, they bring. I like that.
What I didn’t love as much:
-I don’t like saying what not to order, because it’s all about tastes but the Poached Pear dessert didn’t end my meal the way I’d have liked it to.
Bill for two: 400AED for two
04 399 3373