Best sushi in Abu Dhabi

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Sushi Etiquette

1 If you’re not comfortable with a pair of chopsticks, use your fingers. A fork is a no-no.

2 When eating nigiri it is recommended to let the side with the fish hit your palate first, so you don’t get an overwhelming taste of rice.

3 Pickled ginger works as a palate cleanser and should be eaten after the sushi.

4 It is likely that the waiting staff at the restaurant might call out traditional greetings each time a customer walks in. Don’t jump!

5 Sushi makes for a lousy takeaway. It is best eaten fresh, not five hours later.

6 Place your chopsticks on their rest, not upright in your rice bowl (this resembles incense sticks that are used during funeral rites).

Mark your calendars: sushi nights in the city

Barfly by Buddha Bar

The unlimited buffet, Sushi Social, also includes salads, desserts and grape.
Dhs165. Every Sun 8pm-midnight. Venetian Village, Grand Canal (02 404 1951).


Prep yourself for a tough week with SushiSan’s special promotion. A pair of set menus are offered that include two types of traditional Japanese drinks, a sushi platter and appetisers.
Dhs99. Every Sun and Mon, 6pm-11pm. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Embassies District, Old Airport Road (02 304 8387).

Not one but two evenings, so you can really get your fill. The extensive buffet includes sushi, sashimi and other delicacies, not forgetting dessert.
Dhs149 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (house beverages). Every Mon and Wed 7.30pm-11pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi (02 818 4888).

Make an evening of this unlimited sushi, sashimi and maki buffet with eats prepared to order by the guys in charge.
Dhs162. Every Wed 7pm-11pm. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara (02 656 1000).

Terrace on the Corniche
Roll into the weekend with the Steak & Sushi brunch here. An extensive buffet that includes the best cuts of meat from around the world and fresh hand-rolled sushi.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages). Every Thu 7pm-11pm. The St Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers (02 694 4553).

Fresh, unlimited boats of sushi, sashimi and nigiri wait for you at this Japanese restaurant, all at a bargain price.
Dhs130, Dhs160 (house beverages and traditional Japanese drinks). Every Sat 8pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien, Khalifa Bin Zayed Street (02 674 2020).


Enjoy the restaurant’s signature sushi plates with your gang. Seating options include the restaurant’s chic lounge, or the sushi bar if you are curious about how your dinner is made.
Dhs130 (soft drinks), Dhs195 (traditional Japanese beverages). Every Sat 6pm onwards. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi (02 657 3333).

How to make sushi rolls

1. Place a sheet of nori on the bamboo mat and scoop up half of the rice in your hands and gently form into a log shape.

2. Using wet fingers, gently push the rice outwards to the edges and corners of the nori sheet.

3. Place the ingredients on top of the sheet of rice as shown, to ensure your roll looks picture-perfect.

4. Roll the bamboo mat away from you and over the fillings, using your thumbs to roll and your fingers to hold the filling in place.

5. Gently press on the top and sides and use a knife to cut the rolls in half, and continue slicing each half to make five separate pieces.

6. Place the rolls on a plate and serve with wasabi, pickled ginger and soy sauce for a truly authentic Japanese experience.

Know your roll


An oblong-shaped rice morsel topped with raw fish.


A seaweed cone filled with raw fish, rice and vegetables.


Two or three ingredients wrapped in a sheet of seaweed and then rice.


Two or three ingredients encased in rice first and then seaweed.


Sushi rice, usually served in a bowl, topped with veggies or fish.


A small heap of sushi rice topped with veggies, roe or fish, wrapped in seaweed.

By Vanessa Fitter
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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