Katsuya by Starck The Dubai Mall: A Japanese gem at Fashion Avenue

Katsuya by Starck The Dubai Mall is a collaboration between chef Uechi (of Katsuya Uechi fame) and design dynamo Philippe Starck. Located at the new Fashion Avenue extension at The Dubai Mall, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a fine dining vibe in a casual setting at the world’s biggest mall. Read on for The Huntr’s full review and pictures…

This Japanese gem actually marks Katsuya’s second outpost at The Dubai Mall. The first outlet closed and relocated to Jumeirah Al Naseem (which is still open). And now, Katsuya is back and prettier than ever… Think spacious, minimal interiors, with many seating options – including an opulent private dining room for special occasions, a sushi bar and a beautiful terrace with outside views of the Burj Khalifa Area and Dubai Mall’s iconic Dancing Water Fountains.

The Huntr visited for a weekday lunch. We found the service to be accommodating and swift and thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We sampled the Crispy Brussels Sprouts (45AED), the Crispy Chicken Salad (70AED) – which we really recommend and features an Asian salad mixed with rice noodles, wonton crisps and shredded chicken served with a plum vinaigrette. The Braised Short Rib (115AED) although pretty pricey, really wowed our palates thanks to the meat, which is so tender and melts in the mouth and the accompanying sides of wasabi mashed potato and roasted candied carrots, which are a very interesting and delectable combination. From the sushi menu offering, we tried The Hollywood (75AED for 8 pieces), which are hand-crafted from shrimp tempura, spicy kanikama (crab stick), avocado and cucumber and topped with spicy albacore.

To end our lunch on a sweet note, we shared the Double Chocolate Lava Cake (49AED), just the right sweetness, this dessert is comprised of a molten chocolate cake garnished with salted caramel and creme Anglaise and served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Don’t miss it.

Katsuya by Starck The Dubai Mall is not licensed but does offer a variety of soft drinks, mocktails, coffees and teas. We tried and loved the Burning Mandarin (32AED) – mandarin with hand-crushed jalapeno, fresh lemon and orange juice with a splash of cranberry, and Katsuya Crush (34AED) – fresh-pressed mint and raspberry topped with 7Up and a squeeze of lime.

Insider tip: During peak times – reservations recommended. For a licensed Katsuya by Starck dining experience, there is a second restaurant in the UAE at the Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel with a full bar available.

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