5 Reasons Why Your Family Should Dine at a Japanese Restaurant in Abu Dhabi

When you’re visiting the capital of the United Arab Emirates, your itinerary is going to be full of fun activities to do and a lot of places to visit. Some of the things you can try are outdoor activities such as an all-day tour from Dubai, a safari adventure (where you get to enjoy a camel ride), sandboarding, kayaking, island-hopping, and more.

A visit to these top tourist destinations is, of course, a must — the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Louvre museum, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Ferrari World theme park, Emirates Palace, Observation Deck, Al Jahili Fort, Al-Hosn Fort, Marina Mall (a paradise for shoppers!), Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, Warner Bros World, Emirates Park Zoo, Yas Waterworld and Island, and the Heritage Village. And to top off your adventure, FOOD!

There are a lot of places to dine at, but one that should be on top of your list is a Japanese restaurant in Abu Dhabi. Your family will surely enjoy Japanese cuisine and here’s why:

Healthy eating

Parents know this – it’s hard to feed your kids healthy food. They usually avoid all things green and leafy. But is it possible for them to eat healthy in a restaurant? Yes, it is.

Japanese cuisine is known as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.

So, what are your kids’ choices? They can have tofu, miso soup, ramen, soba noodles, seaweed, mushrooms, soybean, sushi, sashimi, salad, etc. They can also try meat or fish dishes that are either steamed or grilled, so they have fewer calories and fat.

Do your kids need more convincing? You can always get them excited by talking about dessert. They can have pastries or cakes, but in the manner Japanese people would have these — served with fresh fruit on the side. Some restaurants also have healthy signature dishes that your kids would surely love.

Sushi love

If you’re that kind of family that loves sushi, then definitely try out one of the dining restaurants in Abu Dhabi that serve one. This popular dish is a favorite, and you’re sure to enjoy it even when you’re not in Japan. What’s your type of sushi? Maki, uramaki, or temaki? Do you love sushi rolls?

Here are your options – California, dynamite, rainbow, shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, and tiger. Some restaurants also offer vegetarian sushi rolls, so you can get those, or you can always get them all.

Got a dietary restriction?

If you have dietary restrictions but want to try out Japanese food, there are restaurants in Abu Dhabi that customize food based on what their customers want.

For starters, you can always check the ingredients used for the kind of food you want to order to make sure that you’re not allergic to it, or if you’re trying to avoid it. But if you need more assistance, you can always ask the staff to explain it to you, request for it to be removed or just reduce the portions. Your dishes can be adjusted accordingly so that you can still enjoy your dining experience even with dietary restrictions.


Well, what better way to experience Japanese cuisine than trying to eat with chopsticks?

This could be entertaining for you and your kids, especially if you haven’t tried it before. But remember to use chopsticks the right way and in the right manner.

There is a proper way to use chopsticks and you can use this opportunity to teach your kids how to do it. This will be a fun and learning experience for all of you. A few reminders – don’t cross your chopsticks, don’t stick your food into it, don’t rub it together, don’t leave it on your mouth, don’t use it as a drumstick, and only use it for eating.

The ultimate dining experience

If you want to make your dining experience in Abu Dhabi a memorable one, then definitely find a Japanese restaurant near you.

Here’s what you’ll likely see and experience in a prestigious restaurant – an artistically-designed dining area, comfortable seating, and quality food and beverages.

You can either have breakfast, lunch, or dinner in your chosen venue. And depending on your location, you could be surrounded by interesting establishments that you can visit right after eating, such as supermarkets, boutiques, banking facilities, convenience stores, shopping centers, nail and hairdressing salons, and gift shops.

When in Abu Dhabi, you must try to get the most out of your travel, because you’ll never know when you’ll get the chance to visit such an amazing place again. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try the different outdoor activities or visit the top tourist destinations in the capital.

Don’t forget to satisfy that adventurous palate of yours. Reserve a table for you and your family and get that Japanese dining experience you’ve all been dreaming of.


Chiara Bisignani is the F&B Marketing Executive at Saadiyat Beach Club. She oversees website maintenance, PR requests, marketing initiatives and all general guests’ enquiries for the company’s destinations of KOI Restaurant & Lounge, Boa Steakhouse and Caramel Restaurant and Lounge in Abu Dhabi.