Café Sushi

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Meal Deal
Buranchi brunch

The Buranchi brunch serves a buffet of sushi salads and Japanese main courses. A post-working week treat. Dhs156 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs78 (kids six-12), free (under sixes). Thu. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238). Timings: 5pm-10pm (Thursday)

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We’re sitting looking at the plates upon plates of food in front of us and realise that we’ve over-ordered. Especially for a lunch time.

We have one dish that we didn’t really ask for, but gratefully accept (and pay for), but even without those additional dumplings, there’d be a lot of food to get through.

Portions are good here, so don’t think you need too many dishes to fill up (unlike us). The size of the rolls is also unprecedented. In fact, that’s one of just three gripes – the tuna and salmon maki are absolutely huge. So big it’s tough to get them in your mouth in one go, and they start to fall apart due to their size, which makes them a bit messy (which is another niggle).

Finally, staff are lovely, but there’s not a lot of help to navigate the menu, which has some impressive-sounding dishes across its seven pages.

Edamame are quick to the table; they’re freshly steamed with a good chilli sauce slathered over them (but be careful, we both ended up with sauce on our shirts).

Of the two maki we try, the spicy tuna ones are the more simple. We can’t detect much spice to them, but the fish is top quality.

The salmon rolls are rich, thanks in part to creamy avocado and the prawn and black cod dumplings are great when hot, but the cod starts to lose some of its bite the longer they sit. They look great, though, as does everything that turns up. The soused mackerel nigiri is perfectly fine, but we’d try another variant next time we’re here.

And there will be a next time, because despite the prices being a little on the high side and some minor gripes, there is some lovely food here. We also really enjoy the setting and service. So we’ll be back, with a bib and an appetite.

The bill (for two)
1x yellowtail carpaccio Dhs74
1x spicy edamame Dhs28
1x prawn & black cod dumpling Dhs72
1x blow torch salmon roll Dhs64
1x spicy tuna maki Dhs62
1x mackerel nigiri Dhs58
1x large water Dhs30
Total (including taxes) Dhs465.60

The bottom line
Lots of choice and top ingredients.

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: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 654 3238
  • Travel: Khor Al Maqta
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Times: Open daily 11.30am-4pm, 6pm-11pm

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