UPDATE MAY 2015
THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED AND TRE BY ROBERTO RELLA IS HERE INSTEAD.
Let there be Light! There are a number of reasons to eat at the Japanese restaurant Icho but before you even put a morsel of food in your mouth, taste the light. Being based on the 49th floor with literally sky high windows, the natural light that floods this restaurant is a refreshing change from many of Dubai’s under or over artificially lit indoor eating venues. The clean light combined with the pale, fresh wooden furniture and sensibly spaced out tables for large and small groups ticked all of my ambience boxes for a Saturday lunch with the family. While the lunch on Saturday is actually a Brunch, in reality your meal is a combination of items from the authentic and accessible Japanese buffet (the head chef is Japanese) and anything you’d like to order from the generous a la carte lunch menu.
The rationale being that hot dishes should be made fresh to order and brought to your table, how sensible. The pattern works well and both the food at the buffet (miso soup, an array of top quality sushi and salads) as well as the a la carte dishes were beautiful to look at, tasty and wholesome. I especially liked the green tea noodles served in a chic Japanese cup and the Udon noodles with Prawn tempura in a light soup. But everything was a hit with my family.
The restaurant had a nice buzz to it, busy but not overcrowded and reassuringly popular with elegant Japanese ladies who lunch as well as Japanese family groups.
At Dhs 180 for your entire meal including all soft drinks (I had an excellent hot green tea) great service and breathtaking views, this is an ideal venue to forget about exam stress or any other kind of stress for a couple of hours. Try it and see, I think you’ll want to go back. I’d love to hear if this post has inspired you to try Icho, and do let me know what you thought of it in the comments box below. And of course please remember to like and share the post using any of the buttons below.
Icho is located on the 49th floor of the Radisson Royal Hotel on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road on the same side as the Fairmont, Crowne Plaza and Shangri La hotels. The hotel will valet park your car but remember to stamp your ticket at the restaurant.
Prices are Dhs 180 for adults and children under the age of five eat for free. Children aged between 5 and 8 are charged Dhs 90.00. For Dhs 225.00 you can have house alcoholic beverages with your meal.
TEL: +9714 308 0000