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Chez Sushi

Chez Sushi
A couple of weeks ago I heard Chez Sushi, a casual sushi spot, opened in the new Wasel Square development across from Safa Park. As their tag name stipulates, by Sho Cho, Chez Sushi is brought to you by the same owners as Sho Cho, an institution in Dubai that offers mid to high end Japanese. Brought to you by Sho Cho is a powerful tagline that propels Chez Sushi to the front lines of its category, even though it’s a new restaurant. But alas, with all good things comes a catch, I expect a lot from Chez Sushi. After crisscrossing Wasel Square several times and after refusing to park in the empty sand lot, I luckily spot a leaving dinner guest walking towards his car.  In true stalker form, I deviously lurk behind him and pounce on his parking spot. Thanks to Dubai Mall Friday evening practice sessions, I have perfected my parking-stalker move. Walking towards Chez Sushi, I see its quirky orange and green neon signs that welcome me into the restaurant. With 11 FIODTuesdays dinner guests arriving and no reservation taken, (tables are on a first come first serve basis) I inform the waiter of my dilemma.  He quickly responds by telling me not to worry, two tables are about to finish along the back and we would be able to join three together once they’re free. Perfect timing. After assembling our table and my guests arriving, menus are handed out. Chez Sushi has a variety of offerings with classics such as salad, tempura, bento sets, sushi and teriyakis. The distinctive item on the menu is the DIY sushi, a 4-step process where customers can create their own sushi. You start with selecting your rice, brown or white, then main ingredients such as salmon or rock shrimp, veggies and finally dressing. The ordering process begins at the far left of the table, not my side, and slowly works its way towards the middle. Per the level of my huger, my focus is split between the conversation I’m having and the progress of the waitress. Half way through ordering, our waitress absconds our table. Ten minutes elapse and she returns to take the remaining orders as the first part of the table receives their starters. To appease my jealousy, I stroll over to the lucky side of the table, snap some photos and hustle some taster bites. As they finish off their starters ours finally arrive. My miso soup is earthy, salty and worth AED 15. I pluck one of my vegetable tempuras and enjoy its crunchy texture but long for more seasoning in the batter. The rock shrimp dish is a classic both in Chez Sushi and Sho Cho. My table polishes off a plate in an instant and orders a second. The shrimp nuggets are served with a drizzled of sauce over them but personally, I prefer my shrimp to stay crispy with the sauce served on the side. Our self-constructed sushi arrive and tasting what we have created is the high light of the night. As a die heart fan of white rice, I skeptically put the brown rice sushi in my mouth. What follows is the surprising I-didn’t-think-this-was-going-to-taste-good-but-it-does-taste-good Mmmm. Some of our self made sushi’s are a hit and others a miss. The experience makes me realize that the construction of a delicious maki roll is an art form that takes time to perfect. I would request that the dressings of spicy mayo and wasabi mayo have more kick to them. When I order wasabi anything I want to feel its power! The bento boxes arrive and prove to be the most economical of options, a work lunch maybe. Sampling bites of each bento box and each compartment of the bento boxes, I wouldn’t recommend the chicken but rather the beef or salmon. We finish our meals with quirky wasabi and green tea Kit-Kats. There is no doubt that Chez Sushi is a very intelligent concept. It hits the homegrown, casual sushi, dine in and take out notes that are all a recipe for a successful restaurant. I understand that they may have been overwhelmed with 11 dinner guests at one table, but with the operational experience and know how of a powerhouse like Sho Cho, I would expect better service. If the tag line by Sho Cho is there, I am going to hold it accountable. I guess it proves to be a blessing and a curse. Will I be back? If I’m in the area and in the mood to be creative, meaning build my own sushi. Constructing a signature Fork It Over Dubai maki roll is my ultimate goal.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION Wasel Square OPENING HRS. 12 to 11:30 pm CUISINE Japanese PRICE PER COUPLE AED 225 TELEPHONE # 800 78744 WEBSITE ChezSushi
THE FORK-O-METER
Bring Out ur Inner Sushi Chef
     

Announcing Fork It Over Dubai Tuesdays Starting at Teatro

Teatro
Thank Goodness Its Tuesday! #TGIT I have a really special announcement about Tuesdays in Dubai from this day onwards. No longer simply a midweek milestone, now Tuesdays will officially be called Fork It Over Dubai Tuesdays, a midweek Getaway! #FIODTuesdays At the start of each month I will share 4 restaurants that I will be reviewing and dining at each Tuesday of the week. If your free, interested and in the area join me for a review and tell me what you think of the restaurant. Fork It Over Dubai Tuesdays will ultimately help me reach my goal of one review per week, keep me connected to you, my gorgeous readers, who make Fork It Over Dubai and introduce a third dimension to my reviews. There's only one rule to the game - no one's allowed a bite of a dish until I get a shot of it! : ) I decide to have the first first FOIDTuesday at Teatro restaurant in Towers Rotana, a true  staple in the Dubai restaurant scene. After a quick email to a few close friends explaining FIODTuesdays, I get a total of 14 confirmations. A phone call to book the biggest table in the house and were ready to go! I respect Teatro because it has stayed relevant throughout the introduction of big international brands to the Dubai restaurant scene. On any given night, tables are usually fully booked and your bound to bump into someone you know. Walking into Teatro, I always encounter the same warm and friendly welcome. "Welcome back to Teatro Mss. Tala" And no, I don't dine there every week for them to know my name, but that staff goes to great lengths to remember loyal customers. Its a place where everybody knows your name - a Cheers to that. Crossing through the beautiful glass wine cellar I reach my 14 seater table, take a seat at the head and wait for FIODTuesdays to officially begin upon the arrival of all my guests. Considering most of my guests have lived in Dubai for quite a while, there is a 15 to 20 minute wait for their customary tardiness. All hands on deck, while nibbling on the necessary edamame, I open the menu and let loose on all the starters, ordering some of the Teatro greats. My recommendation for Teatro is an over indulgence in starters, sushi and dessert. This killer combination will leave you satisfied and inspired. I'm particularly fond of dinners focused on shared plates because it elevates the connection between each dinner guest. Our starters arrive one by one and our table is nothing short of beautiful. The signature must haves are, black dhal, assorted naan basket, wasabi prawn tempura, peking duck rolls, seared scallops and the burrata. Even though our starters are an international selection, they do work well together. One bite of black dhal followed by a wasabi prawn tempura. As the ever so wise Pitbull once sung "One life, two worlds English, Spanish, one night, two girls English, Spanish." I respond by saying "One life, two cuisines Indian, Japanese one night, two bites Indian, Japanese." To top it all off, some of the best sushi offered in Dubai. The Teatro sushi counter is the most efficient and well oiled machine I have seen.  It dishes out hundreds of rolls and slices of sushi a night. The star of the show, to me, is the spicy tuna maki roll. A cool tuna slice wrapped in soft rice, lace with scallions and topped with a secret mayonnaise sauce. And for dessert, a warm, rich chocolate brownie swimming in a oozing, bubbling chocolate caramel sauce. Excitedly I taking a bite of the brownie, sauce and all and I burn my tongue. Does that stop me from the next bit? Not at all because it's sure as hell worth it. As I lay my head down this evening, a smile appears on my face. The night ended with 14 friends reconnecting and enjoying a beautiful Tuesday night dinner. I am proud that the first FIODTuesday put a smile on 14 friend's faces, I am proud that Fork It Over Dubai is evolving to become more connected with you and I am proud that I have lovely friends that support all my efforts. And with that my eyes close to dream about the next FIODTuesday.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION Towers Rotana OPENING HRS. 6 pm - 11:30 pm CUISINE International PRICE PER COUPLE AED 650 TELEPHONE # 04 343 800 WEBSITE http://www.rotana.com  
THE FORK-O-METER
A Craving Quencher Restaurant