I was recently invited to a tasting at The Sushi Counter’s newly opened branch in Business Bay.
My sushi enthusiast friend and I made our way to this hip and colourful joint.
The restaurant is conveniently located in Bay Square and can be easily spotted.
The concept is to introduce sushi as a food on the go, not just a fine dining option.
The interiors give a very retro and urban look to the eatery and one can easily guess that this restaurant offers a fusion of Japanese food.
Sunlight reflecting through the glass windows lights up and adds freshness to the interiors.
We ordered a sushi platter, quinoa salmon salad and tuna ceviche to try.
While waiting for lunch the drinks kept in the fridge caught our eyes.
Sushi counter serves traditional drinks from UAE and Japan. Fascinated, we decided to try Asahi, a non-alcoholic beer and the Dubai Cola, with dates and honey flavour.
As odd as it may sound but the drinks were pretty delicious!
Our food arrived, we started with the salad and the ceviche that tasted very refreshing. We enjoyed every bit of the appetisers and then moved on to the sushi platter.
Our platter had salmon avocado California roll, crab avocado California roll, shrimp avocado California roll and tuna summer roll.
The presentation was pleasant and the taste was even better. We devoured every single sushi roll on the platter. Though it looked small but it was very filling.
We were also offered to try the cross between a burrito and sushi, the sushi burrito. It was a big sushi roll great for anyone who is looking for a quick takeaway option.
The restaurant serves vegetarian food as well along with various interesting fusion choices.
Like many addictions, the hunt of good sushi can get pricey. What we liked about this restaurant is that their prices are competitive and not very high.
I got a chance to speak with the chef before trying out the dessert we had picked.
When asked about the best-selling item on the menu, Rafael Jonas, the head chef, told us that their Californian maki rolls were very popular. We couldn’t have agreed more.
According to the chef, their signature street style sushi fusion dishes like the sushi nachos, sushi burgers and sushi burritos are fast gaining popularity.
Our dessert the coconut snowballs had arrived. They were cooked balls of dough filled with custard. The texture was unique and it was the perfect end to a very good sushi lunch.
So, if you are looking for a nice casual hangout with friends or craving for some good Japanese food, you can stop by at any of the six branches spread around at ideal locations from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.