99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant

Review: Exquisite Japanese food in a stunning venue Discuss this article

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You could look at the dining scene on Al Maryah Island and think that there are enough top restaurants there now. Or, you could be of the opinion that they’re clearly popular, why not add some more? Thankfully for us, the bosses of La Petite Maison and 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant each went along with the second school of thought and have both opened in the past month or so.

99 Sushi Bar was created in Spain, but this is no fusion joint, this is a Japanese restaurant through and through. From the sushi counter seating in front of the chefs preparing the dishes to the menu filled with terms such as tobiko, usuzukuri and katakuchi iwasi, it’s all legit.

The venue is incredibly impressive, from the water feature outside to the dimly lit bar area and the super-cool dining room. From the décor to the service to the menu, you can tell nothing has been left to chance in this place. The attention to detail is superb.

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d be on the end of a pretty hefty bill – some of the sashimi dishes touch Dhs240 and rib-eye wagyu will set you back Dhs420. But we manage to have a filling, diverse and impressive selection for less than Dhs500 for two. Our waiter recommended a couple of dishes (the toro nigiri and warm temptsuyu maki) that are meal highlights, and don’t break the bank. In fact, everything here is superb; the gyoza’s rich, slow-cooked meat is like a warm embrace, the salmon tartare is light and moreish, and the sushi is expertly prepared and offers loads of flavour and complementing textures.

It’s all served with a sense of theatre, plate by beautiful plate, by the brilliant staff.

An ace first impression.

The bill (for two)
1x lamb gyoza Dhs85
1x salmon tartar Dhs95
1x Matsuri maki Dhs85
1x Tempsuyu maki Dhs80
1x toro flambe nigiri Dhs59
1x large water Dhs30
Total (incl. service charge) Dhs477.40

The bottom line
A must-try for foodies in the capital.


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Details

  • Location: Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 672 3333
  • Travel: The Galleria Four Seasons – Al Maryah Island Abu Dhabi
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