Dish of the week: SushiSan

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We are spoilt for choice when it comes to Japanese dining in the city. From culinary institutions and mid-range marvels to shoestring budget spots − there’s an amazing selection to pick from.

SushiSan is the latest entry to the fold. It stands out as a funky, casual eatery that serves “sushi as it should be” (their words, not ours). The newbie is well aware of the fiercely competitive ring it has stepped into, and is already upping its game.

Earlier this month SushiSan launched its brunch. A set menu deal that features unlimited sushi and traditional Japanese beverages. Now, while there are already a handful of Japanese brunches in the city, SushiSan is selling its Friday offering at a very competitive price. But that’s not all its doing to distinguish itself from the pack – the team is also bringing some rather unique dishes to the city.

In particular, head chef Jessica Magsaysay has also created her version of the sushi burger. This intriguing dish was a bit of a global sensation last year, with images of various versions flooding social media. SushiSan hopes its creation, a first for Abu Dhabi, can create a similar stir.

To make the buns, Magsaysay sandwiches a portion of sushi rice between two sheets of nori. It is then battered and deep fried. The rest of the elements remain true to what you’d expect in a gourmet burger, except for cheese. There’s no seafood or fish in this creation, either.

For the patty, you have the option of beef or chicken, both smothered in Magsaysay’s top-secret homemade sauce. A serving of sweet potato fries on the side and it’s done.

Many global food trends have made their way to our city over the years. And, for the most part, diners here have been hugely receptive. But will SushiSan’s sushi burger become just another short-lived food fad, forgotten when the next one comes along? Chef Magsaysay certainly doesn’t think so.
Dhs50 (chicken), Dhs60 (beef). Sun-Fri 11am-11pm. Brunch: Dhs149 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street, Embassies District (02 6574890).

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