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If you ever wonder, like I do, Katana means sword in Japanese and the restaurant is best known as L.A celebrity favourite.
As soon as you enter, you will be happy as it is an absolute beautiful place with the balanced decor of both Japanese tradition and modern fair. Not to forget, the dreamy sights of the lake and Burj Khalifa (I never stop loving Burj Khalifa views) The ambiance is so pleasing to the eyes and the heart as for the paintings, crown-like chandeliers, the open kitchen and the soothing music.
We were first asked to make our way to the bar and put the mood on with some drinks! We had strawberry and banana flavoured mocktails. Both were fine, but felt too heavy as for the Laban being in there.
We were guided by our charming Ukraine server, he explained us everything in details and made us feel very comfortable. (I am sorry that I can’t remember your name but you were wonderful sir)
We had the opportunity to try the sunset menu and oh we didn’t know we were in for a wonderful treat and oh we are going back soon.
- Garden Salad
- Salmon Carpaccio– This smoked salmon carpaccio is an absolute explosion of flavor. These tasty(and fancy-looking) salmon was shockingly popular on the table.
- Vegetable Tempura
It seemed wild yet light, crispy and irresistible joy on the table! Tasted even better when dipped in sauce! (Secret: I took the last piece- it was too good to not)
The Robata Grill
Katana is popular for its Roberta and in Japanese it means “cooking with open flame” and they do have a separate bar for Roberta with an open view.
We were served three robatas and it did remind me of street food. Negima (Chicken) being sweet, Asupara (Asparagus) (being slightly and the winner, Ebi (Tiger Prawn) being crispy with delicious earthy flavors of Tartagon Butter! We wanted more of these!
I am not a big fan of sushi as I don’t like the concept of raw food but the tuna was fried and so rich in flavor with a hint of spice. Would recommend first timers to try the Spicy Tuna Sushi with Soy sauce or Wasabi (i should warn you, wasabi was super spicy)
- Avocado with cucumber- A vegetarian option, chewy texture and taste not bad at all.
Deliciously tender, juicy, slightly pink, full of flavor and melt in your mouth goodness. #sorrynotsorry but I loved these and had too many pieces.
- Mixed Cha-Han
A good combination with the ribs but was not fond of it very much. More like, would try something new next time.
- Mango, Apple and Banana Harumaki– We were happy to try a different dessert after a long time! It was sugar coated pastry roll filled with fruits and served with vanilla ice cream and dark chocolate as the dip. It might confuse your taste buds but once you dip it in chocolate, the magic begins.
- Icecream–Beautifully kept on a block of ice but the coconut sherbet failed to impress my taste. Altho, I heard chocolate was the most liked so you might want to go for the usual.
Overall, it was a successful discovery as for Katana has a lavish sunset menu with variety of delicious courses, the ambiance was on point and services were top notch.
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Thank you Kimberley from TOH Public Relations and rest of the Katana team!