When you and your friends all have dietary restrictions due to allergies or are just picky, deciding where to eat out can become a chore. However one meal that always seems to work is sushi or sashimi. In Dubai, my favorite spots are Zuma, Sake No Hana, Tokyo One and Karma Kafe but all of these places happen to be near Downtown Dubai and in Dubai Marina we only have non-licensed (albeit delicious) options with Sumo Sushi and Chez Sushi. That’s why I was excited to attend the official launch of Watatsumi at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi and finally find a sake-sushi option close to home.
Watatsumi is a franchisee of a London-based Japanese chain. I haven’t visited the original but walking into Watatsumi I immediately got a Zuma-esque vibe, i.e. a restaurant that feels more like a lounge rather than a location for a serious meal. The main dining room features a giant shandlelier of fish that is very much in line with the Japanese translation of Watatsumi, which means “God of the Sea.”
While I didn’t get a chance to sit down and have a proper dinner, the samplings of the sashimi (including an extremely fresh tuna), appetizers and cocktails were enticing enough to warrant a proper visit in the future. And I hear the black cod is good enough to give Zuma some serious competition so I’ll soon be heading back to see how their Friday Omakaze brunch fares.