Superb sushi without the hotel prices on Khalidiyah Street 12 Reviews
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Abu Dhabi is not lacking in sushi joints and Japanese restaurants, however good sushi is somewhat difficult to find outside of the sometimes prohibitively expensive hotels. Not any more.
Sushi Central is not terribly glamorous, it’s not terribly big either. The petite dining room is clean with a functional aesthetic which takes it just a step above a café in terms of décor. The service is very friendly, but a little haphazard which can lead to some comedic or frustrating moments – depending on your mood. There is a window to the kitchen so you can see the chefs at work, which is also very nice, but the best thing about Sushi Central is the quality of the food.
Being of the indecisive persuasion, we ordered a bit of a mixed bag. Starting with a generous portion of edamame (which can be served with a variety of sauces though we elected for simple sea salt) to tide us over until the rest of the food arrived, the next arrival to the table was a portion of steamed shrimp gyoza. It wasn’t the best we’ve ever tried, the wrapping was a little soggy, but it was satisfying and the filling and dip
both tasted good.
Considering the name of the restaurant, it would have been rude not to order a selection of sushi, so we had a portion of salmon nigiri, tuna and cucumber rolls and one of the inside-out rolls marked as a ‘favourite’ – the crunchy spicy tuna maki roll which included cucumber and a chili garlic sauce and was topped with tempura bits for the crunch. This was our favourite of the meal. So often with speciality rolls, the sauce overpowers the rest of the ingredients (and often has a suffocating mayonnaise flavour, which we don’t appreciate) but this example was well balanced and delicious. For such a standard combination (spicy sauce, tuna, cucumber) it managed to be new and exciting – largely due to the garlic in the sauce. The rest was delicious; the salmon nigiri fresh and creamy and the tuna and cucumber rolls were crunchy and zingy without anything more than a little wasabi and soy sauce.
We also ordered the chicken teriyaki for the sake of sampling the hot dishes. The portion was substantial with a good serving of rice – easily making a good lunch for a hungry customer – and the sweet-savoury teriyaki sauce was sticky and dark over the piece of chicken that was, thankfully, not stripped of the skin and fat that gives it flavour.
After all of that we were stuffed, so we had to forgo dessert, though the sweet maki varieties caught our eye for the next time.
When we visited for lunch on a weekday the restaurant was surprisingly empty but we expect this to change soon. Sushi Central also delivers, which is pretty awesome.
The bill (for two)
Shrimp gyoza Dhs26
Salmon nigiri Dhs28
Crunchy spicy tuna maki Dhs60
Tuna and cucumber roll Dhs29
Chicken teriyaki Dhs59
Total (excluding service) Dhs220
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