This pared-back trackside Japanese restaurant has great views of the Abu Dhabi F1 track, but the food needs some improvement
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Time Out Says

We’ve always been impressed by this sleek trackside spot. It even scooped up our Highly Commended award for Best Japanese in 2016. So we are surpised to find that, for some reason, standards seem to have slipped.

The setting still does it for us. Inside has a classic, pared-back Japanese aesthetic, while the terrace offers wonderful views of the F1 track.

The food, however, is hit and miss. Sashimi is fresh enough and nothing to complain about, ditto with the salmon appetiser covered with a sharp-sweet Japanese plum sauce. But we find a plate of soft shell crab sushi rolls so overpoweringly fishy that they are inedible.

The teppanyaki beef with balsamic teriyaki is tender and tasty, but the asaparagus is oily and we’re disappointed with the tofu and mushroom toban yaki. Cooked in a clay pot, we expect it to be rich and full of flavour. Unfortunately, the sauce is bland and has a thick, quite slimy texture to it.

The striking outdoor terrace is a lovely spot to spend an evening, so if you’d like to dine here we’d recommend sticking to sashimis and teppanyaki meats. But for knock-out Japanese food, head elsewhere.

The bottom line
Nice venue but the food needs work.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff  | 09 May 2017

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FacilitiesDine In
Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
CuisinesAsian, Japanese, Sushi
Dress CodeCasuals
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PMMonday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PMTuesday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PMWednesday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PMThursday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PMFriday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PMSaturday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Show number +971 2 656 0600
Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Yas Marina Suite 9, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

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