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The Venetian Village is a popular spot in the city, which keeps many diners and barflies coming back for more. And it’s no secret that we love returning to old favourites to see if they still excite us like they did before.

Inakaya, the Japanese restaurant in the heart of the village, is one such haunt we couldn’t wait to revisit. As soon as the Oriental-style door is flung open, we are offered the welcome of “do itashimashite” (a Japanese welcome) by our waitress, the entire front of house staff and the chefs in the open kitchen. We take our seats and are handed menus by our waitress, kitted out in traditional Japanese dress.

Inakaya doesn’t have a massive menu. The sushi and sashimi options are good, but when it comes to the main courses, there isn’t a huge selection. If you’re not in the mood for fish, don’t expect many meat or poultry options. Thankfully though, the specials menu makes up for it. We start with a couple of sushi makis to share: spicy tuna and yellowtail. The tuna is certainly more flavoursome than the yellowtail, but lacks that kick we’ve become used to from other sushi chefs across the capital. While the yellowtail isn’t as tender as others we’ve tried – in fact, it’s slightly chewy. “Do itashimashite” rings out once again as our starters are taken away. The mains arrive shortly afterwards: chicken teriyaki with vegetables and grilled salmon. Our chicken and vegetables lack taste and are rescued, slightly, by the teriyaki sauce. The salmon fillet is a good size, but needs soy sauce to add some bite.

As we finish up, another customer walks in and another “do itashimashite” is belted out. We wish the staff would pay as much attention to the food here as they do to loudly greeting every guest, which gets a little annoying after a while.

The bill (for two)
Spicy tuna maki Dhs50
Yellowtail maki Dhs40
Chicken teriyaki Dhs110
Grilled salmon maki Dhs110
Total (excluding taxes) Dhs310

The bottom line
Not as good as we remembered.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 404 1921
  • Travel: Venetian Village, Al Maqtaa
  • Times: Open Sun-Thu 3pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12.30pm 11pm

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