Chopsticks at the ready.
If you thought Japanese cooking was all sushi and Teriyaki then you have been seriously undersold one of the best cuisines in the world.
Luckily, there is a new luxury dining destination in Dubai that guarantees to set your taste buds on fire with a modern Japanese menu masterfully created by a Michelin-star chef Akira Back.
Found on the roof top of Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai with breathtaking views across two spectacular terraces, Paru offers an eclectic menu of modern Japanese dishes as well as a buzzing bar and a chilled lounge.
Some of the menu highlights include ‘Cool Share Plates’ such as Suzuki Ceviche (sea bass with caviar and soy yuzu ponzu) and Crispy Rice (spicy tuna on crispy rice, avocado, jalapeno, spring onion) as well as ‘Warm Share Plates’ including Hotate (scallop, baby eggplant, enoki mushroom, asparagus and truffle soy butter) and Popcorn Ebi (rock shrimp tempura, mango aioli).
Other menu highlights include a Black Pepper Wagyu Ribeye (mushroom, onion, black pepper) and Teriyaki Jidori Chicken (green beans, kuri kimchee, maple soy) as well as ‘Signature Rolls’ such as Paru House (tuna, salmon, scallops, shrimp tempura, yuzu miso) and Harmony (foie gras, wagyu beef, lobster tempura, truffle sauce). The latter are best sampled at the intimate sushi counter, a selection of traditional sushi, sashimi and temaki – created by the sushi master.
Mouthwatering food aside, the setting is pretty Instagrammable too. Snap the intricate ceiling of stark white origami flowers that pay homage to the restaurant’s roots. Suspended from the ceiling is a flowing steel and crystal sculpture with strings of luminous orbs that nod to the restaurant’s name, meaning ‘pearl’ in Japanese.
There’s also a sentimental touch courtesy of Back’s mother – a modern mural that frames the bar and sushi counter where you can watch chefs at work while indulging in a selection of delicacies from the menu.
During the cooler months you can take full advantage of the terrace decorated with bonsai trees with views of the glittering Dubai skyline. If you want to have a chilled evening with friends, then the other side of the terrace offers cushioned wicker sofas and low tables with a side of shisha.
Until then, ladies can book the newly introduced Maiko Night that takes place every Wednesday. From 7pm you will be treated to a geisha-themed ladies’ night with four complimentary drinks and 25% off dining, while nodding your head to a lively mix from the DJ.
Open Saturday – Friday for dinner with a live DJ on select nights plus Maiko ladies night every Wednesday from 7pm-11pm from June onwards, reserve a table now at https://www.caesars.com/dubai/restaurants/paru or call 04 556 6466.