Akiba Dori – The best pizza in Dubai 🍕
If you’ve ever had the privilege of visiting Japan then you might of noticed something strange. Not only is there not many other cuisines available there other than Japanese, the restaurants are very much separate in terms of various dishes. You want ramen, you go to a ramen joint. You want yakitori, you go to a yakitori place ect. The only type of other restaurants that stuck out like a sore thumb was Italian. I remember thinking to myself “why would you visit Japan and eat Italian food?” It wasn’t until I came back to the UAE and tried Akiba Dori that I realised I had missed out on trying the Japanese/Neapolitan-style pizza which was trending at the time in Tokyo.
Luckily for me enter Akiba Dori. Akiba Dori brings back the essence of Tokyo in it’s cleverly designed corner block resto with it’s complete with neon signage, bright decor, a Dj booth and arcade machines.
From salads and street food to sushi and mains, every time I visit AD I try a different starter but I always stick to what I’ve tried and tested from the pizza menu; The Strata.
If you’ve ever been to Naples then you’d know that the type of pizza crust they serve there is different to what you’d find when you order Pizza Hut for example. Instead it’s a light base with no defined edge that is best eaten folded in half lengthways.
There’s something about this slightly salty Japanese dough once baked for 60 seconds in their custom-made oven that makes me want to devour every last slice and then some. The combination of the stracciatella with olive oil, diced cherry tomatoes and herbs on a slightly charred pizza crust is simple but insanely delicious. I can’t recommend this pizza enough. If you’re a burrata fan then you’d love the strata.
I most recently tried their wagyu katsu sando. Grade 5 wagyu beef, deep fried in panko crumbs between toasted slices of bread and drizzled with a honey katsu sauce. It was something else. Order it medium.
What I like about Akiba Dori is that it’s also licensed and serve up a unique offering of cocktails using sake, shochu with ingredients like yuzu and shisho. A favorite is their Akiba Sour cocktail made with cherry liquor and citrus flavors.
If you’re a lotus fan then I’d highly recommend trying their lotus cheesecake for dessert. Not ideal for sharing but trust me, you won’t want to! The softest cheese topping drizzled in warm lotus sauce then dusted with lotus crumble. Currently drooling as I type.
Don’t forget to release the inner child inside and have a go of their free-play arcade machines. My favorite past time is battling it out against a friend on the two player version of street fighter.
It gets busy late on a Friday night so if you’re going with a bunch of friends be sure to call ahead and reserve a table. You won’t regret it.
Happy eating 😁
Location: Building 8, D3
Phone: 04 770 7949