Katsuya by Starck
Dubai has no shortage of high-end restaurants, but only a few of these places will make it to the top of the food chain. In order to stand out, restaurants must offer excellent food, a beautiful location, and a unique ambiance. Even among the toughest competition in the world, Katsuya By Starck stands out.
This is a place to ‘see and be seen’- the sort of restaurant you would visit if you wanted to impress a date, clinch a business deal, or treat yourself to some of the best sushi west of Japan.
Legendary Japanese chef Katsuya Uechi is already a familiar name to serious foodies and socialites. He is responsible for the uber-successful ‘Katsuya’ restaurant in Hollywood, which is a regular haunt of the stars. He has since gone on to open up sister restaurants in South Beach, Las Vegas and the more exclusive neighbourhoods in LA, but none of these compare with his Dubai venture.
As the name suggests, Katsuya teamed up with the iconic designer and architect Philippe Starck, who added his own unique style to the restaurant’s interior. Neon samurai swords light up private diner-style booths, while huge graphics depict Pop Art references with a Japanese twist. Dimly lit lanterns create a moody atmosphere, while perfectly displayed Starck furniture makes you feel as though you are eating out in an art gallery.
Taking inspiration from his artistic partner, Chef Katsuya has created a menu that is as beautiful as it is delicious. The crispy Brussels sprouts will convert even the most ardent meat-eaters, while the jalapeño yellowtail sashimi is a beautifully layered and eloquently flavoured signature dish. If you are not in the mood for one of Katsuya’s memorable sushi plates, try a wagyu slider – probably the most luxurious ‘fast food’ that Dubai has to offer.
Helpfully, Katsuya by Starck is not hidden away in a distant resort or traditional souk. It is right in the centre of town, in the Dubai Mall itself, making it easily accessible for locals and visitors alike. On a cool night, request outdoor seating and enjoy the stunning views across The Creek, as the lights of the Burj Khalifa sparkle against the dancing fountains.
Whether you are a fan of good food, modern art or scenic dining, Katsuya by Starck is bound to take your breath away.
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