Dubai Restaurant Week @ OKKU
Dubai Restaurant Week comes around once every year at the end of February. I missed out last year so I made sure I set reminders this time round to ensure I wouldn’t miss out again. For those that don’t know, Dubai Restaurant Week offers diners the ability to sample some of Dubai’s top fine dining establishments with a set menu for just a fraction of the price.The booking was made and the night arrived and off we set, taking a few back roads to avoid the traffic on SZR and we pulled up out the front of the H hotel. Ba Bow. Wrong. Sorry Ma’am, the valet parking is at the rear of the hotel. So we try again, and again and again. 4th time lucky and after much stress we find the valet parking. Like surely it’d be easier if they took your car at the front of the hotel and drove it to the back as they know exactly which tiny alley way to take to valet parking entrance. Anyways we try not let this dampen our evening ahead.We arrive at the front desk and the hand over our reservation number. Oh I’m sorry Ma’am it looks like your booking has been cancelled. Sorry? We wait patiently while they look into the problem and they quickly rectify the situation and show us to our table. OKKU oozes opulence like no other. A chic Japanese restaurant with suave Hollister model-like waiters to match. They bring us some edamame to start, quickly followed by the duck salad which has ample amounts of shredded duck and fresh bursts of pomegranate seeds. Delish!
Then came the sushi boat of scrumptious ebi maki rolls. I could of easily devoured a boat to myself.
They had run out of fresh passion fruit so I opted for a virgin strawberry mojito instead.These were the spicy tuna sushi. Deep fried oblongs of rice topped with marinated spicy tuna pieces. My friends weren’t a fan of these but I didn’t mind it. Something different.Then came the crunchy wasabi prawns. I’m not a fan of wasabi so I tried one but then let my friends finish them off.The yellow fin tuna carpaccio never arrived according to the menu order so I had to ask the waiter for it’s whereabouts. Lucky we did as they were ready to bring us the main course of the miso black cod. Delicate slices of tuna soaked in a yuzu pepper & zesty balsamic ponzu and garnished with circles of spring onion. This was my favorite until the main dish arrived.
The main course and what everyone talks about is how good OKKU’s miso black cod is. They aren’t stingy on the portion size either. Grilled to heavenly perfection you’ve never tried a cod this good. This dish is the eptiome of the term melt in your mouth.
How could any meal be complete without dessert. Okku offers a dark chocolate fondant which is not too sweet and not to bitter, complete with a side of creamy vanilla ice cream.
At an affordable 189 dirhams per person #DubaiRestaurantWeek is such a steal. The service was impeccable despite the restaurant being almost at capacity. We left content and with a smile on our faces. OKKU would be the perfect place for date night.
Location: 1st Floor, H Hotel.
Phone: 04 5018888