Restaurant review: @SushiCentralUAE in Abu Dhabi
I know I said I’d blog more often, but the first few days in Dubai have been very hectic. The combination of Ramadan and the World Cup and settling at my new place resulted in a huge lack of sleep. I’ve been out every day, meeting friends and one of the things we did this week was driving to Abu Dhabi for dinner at Sushi Central.
About the restaurant
Sushi Central is located in Al Khalidiyeh, Abu Dhabi, close to the Corniche and the beach. Driving from Dubai (Barsha), it took us about 1 hour to get there. We arrived just after Iftar and it took us around 10 minutes to find a parking space. There’s plenty of parking around the restaurant, so if you’re a little bit patient, I’m sure you’ll be able to find a spot.
About the food
One of the things I noticed when picking up the menu, was their drinks. Many places I visited in the past, don’t put any efforts in their menu when it comes to drinks. You just get the usual sodas, waters, hot drinks. But not at Sushi Central. If you fancy fresh juice, homemade ice tea or hot tea, their drinks menu should make you happy.
I went for their homemade Ginger & Lemon Ice tea. It was so refreshing and served with a small jug of sugar syrup on the side.
Other choices were Ginger, Ginger & Mint and regular Red Tea.
Then it was time to decide what Japanese food to try out. Honestly, I had sushi only a couple of times and always part of a buffet but not in a specialized restaurant. Luckily the staff was very helpful and the menu also had a bit of extra information written down next to each dish.
Choice is something that is not lacking on Sushi Central’s menu. If it’s Japanese, you’ll find it on the menu. As a novice, I wanted to try a bit of everything. We chose the Appetizer Platter. This platters consists of:
- Shrimp Tempura
- Calamari Tempura
- Fresh Advocado
My absolute favorite here was the Gyoza. You can choose between Beef, Chicken or Shrimp and either have it steamed or fried. We went for the steamed Beef Gyoza and I wouldn’t have objected to a whole plate of it.
The tempura was nice and crusty – long live panko – and even though it is fried, you didn’t feel like eating “junk”. It wasn’t oily and very light.
The platter came with a bunch of assorted sauces. There was a gingery tempura sauce for the shrimps, pesto sauce for the calamari and soy an vinegar sauce for the gyoza.
As main dish, we chose the Fujiyama Chef’s special, again because it gave us the chance to taste more than one thing. You can choose to have it raw, cooked or a mix of both. We went for that last option.
The platter had some:
My favorites here were the Ngiri and the Sumomaki. What I loved about the Ngiri was that you could absolutely taste the freshness of the fish. It was very nice with the sticky rice. As for the Sumomaki, the rice and panko combination was an absolute winner.
I was not hungry at all after those two previous dishes but I wanted to see what sweets Sushi Central had to offer me. Again, we chose a platter, the dessert platter. I’m obviously very bad at making choices, so I prefer to try it all. :)
Dessert platter consists of:
- two scoops of ice cream
- dates tempura
- lychee salad
Unfortunately, they ran out of ice cream, so we got fresh fruit – watermelon, mango, apple – instead of the ice cream. I’d have loved to try the dates tempura with ice cream. Dates are totally a Ramadan food, but I never thought of having them fried. It was so delicious!!!
By now you must be tempted to try it for yourself. Reach out to Sushi Central by phone on 600-52-0007 or Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. They are open everyday from 11:30am to 11:45pm. Make sure to give them a call for their Ramadan schedule.