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S IMPLY ABU DHABI
SHO CHO
AT YAS HOTEL
Sho Cho Japanese Restaurant and Lounge has fast become
popular amongst Abu Dhabi’s fashion set as the place to
see and be seen attracting both diners and the sociable
elite with its unique mix of impossible chic furnishings
and delicious dishes. Serving an extensive and highly
sophisticated menu that fuses traditional Japanese cuisine
with western influenced dishes and includes tempting
appetisers, moreish main courses and the freshest sushi in
town, Sho Cho is the favourite haunt for the discerning
diner and party people and we were about to experience it
for ourselves.
AWarmWelcome Awaits
We settled on the comfortable outdoor terrace seating
overlooking crystal blue waters watching the yachts
bobbing gently up and down and, with the warming
ocean breeze, we felt instantly at ease. The restaurant
benefits from its serenely stunning location which we
were more than content to experience while we had a
drink and perused the menu. Moving inside to dine, the
busy restaurant created an inviting ambience and we were
struck by the enthusiasm and friendliness of our fellow
diners. The enticing dining area is set around a backdrop
of a Sushi Bar overlooking the Head Chef enthusiastically
preparing stunningly presented fresh sushi dishes. You
certainly feel welcome at Sho Cho and are given time to
choose your perfect meal without feeling rushed. With
a fun appeal to the decor, the cool minimalistic interior
has a marine-inspired vibe with three round screens on
the walls depicting floating jellyfish. The aqua theme
of the interior is also reflected in the stunning array of
seafood available on the menu and the succulent sushi
When it comes to sushi our expectations are high – get it right and it can be truly divine, get it wrong and... Well, getting it wrong just isn’t an option.
So having heard rave reviews and high praise for Sho Cho, we arrived for our evening at this Abu Dhabi Restaurant with high hopes and it quickly
became apparent this is no ordinary Japanese restaurant but a venue that also draws in the crowds in its capacity as a fashionable nightspot. Located
in Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, the Sho Cho Japanese Restaurant is a franchise of the original Sho Cho in Dubai, which has been
around for more than a decade and is known in the UAE for serving fabulously fresh Japanese food. Having attracted visitors from around the globe,
keen to experience the Sho Cho vibe, we wanted to find out if it lived up to the hype – in short, it did!
lived up to all our expectations. Beautifully presented
traditional Japanese dishes wafted fragrantly past our table
making our choice a little trickier as we saw fresh slices
of sashimi, magnificent Maki Rolls and spicy tuna and
shrimp tempura rolls delivered to nearby tables. Perfectly
presented plates of pretty sushi were getting the thumbs
up all around us. The friendly, attentive service was
nothing short of impeccable without being intrusive, so
we were able to sit back and relax knowing if we required
anything, our needs would be attended to quickly and
courteously.
Tantalise your Taste Buds
My chosen appetiser of simple seared salmon with
traditional Japanese flavours of ginger and soy sauce was
divine as was the prawn tempura which was lusciously
light and beautifully crispy. Jordana opted for the equally
flavoursome (I know, because I tried one!) soft-shell crab
spring rolls – they come grilled rather than fried- with a
subtly flavoured wasabi mayonnaise. We couldn’t resist
sharing some maki and were impressed by the outstanding
presentation. The chef clearly pays particular attention to
the standard of his knife work as the beautifully crafted
maki was packed tightly with an abundance of fantastic
fresh fish. For a split second it seemed a shame to get
stuck into it, but only for a split second! For our mains, I
tucked into absolutely delicious shrimp and lobster with a
subtle spicy lemon dressing and when I sampled Jordana’s
tender beef teriyaki, the perfectly balanced flavours left my
tantalised taste buds wanting more – which was a shame
as she was more than a little partial to it herself ! After
such a delicious meal we were pleasantly full but simply
had to make room for dessert and opted for a blissful
green tea ice cream and some fabulous fresh fruits – the
ideal refreshing end to a perfect culinary feast.
Back for More
Whether you come to sample the sushi or simply hang
out with your friends, Sho Cho is the ideal venue to relax
on the outside terrace, sample exquisite Japanese cuisine,
sip specially prepared cocktails and listen to the best that
lounge and house music has to offer. This upmarket venue
features flamboyant furnishings and a trendy touch of
Oriental élan where internationally renowned DJs from
around the world can often be found laying down cool
tracks in a relaxing underwater environment and you can
be sure of a great night out. With lively, friendly staff and
diners, the atmosphere and excitement of this fabulous
Japanese restaurant overlooking the sea is second to none
and is yet another place to schedule in the A&J diaries
for a repeat visit. Thank you to all the welcoming waiting
staff, chefs and management at Sho Cho for an incredible
evening with scrumptious sushi in a breathtaking setting.
See you again soon!
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