Netsu is the Japanese Steakhouse at the Mandarin Oriental Dubai.

We were greeted by the theatrical high flames from the grill at Netsu, a Japanese Steakhouse at the stunning Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Showcasing the traditional Japanese cooking technique of Warayaki – straw fire cooking – Netsu serves a tantalising menu of Warayaki style grills, sushi and sashimi platters, and other Japanese style dishes.

The spacious dining area include murals on the walls and bar style seating around the open kitchen (the best seat in the house) to watch the dramatic flames each time the straw is lit. We were lucky enough to be there on a cool November evening and chose to be seated outside. The candle-lit terrace is surrounded by lush trees and overlooks the pool and ocean-you will be transported to an island paradise with the cool wind and stunning view.

The menu offers a contemporary take on classic dishes and rest assured there is so much more than just sushi and sashimi platters. We browsed through the menu while enjoying a small portion of edamame.

The first dish on our table was the soft-shell crab tempura-crispy and light, we didn’t even realize how quickly we tucked into it. The Korean friend chicken was juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside and best of all, it was coated in a spicy sour sauce that we adored. The yellowtail tiradito was another favourite, it was served topped with pickled kumquat, annatto oil, rocoto chilli.


The warayaki style tiger prawn toban was the winning dish of the night. There was a hint of smokiness to the dish and the other flavors of the ponzu butter and garlic were nicely sealed in. We enjoyed it with a side of spicy wagyu hot stone rice that was a filling dish in itself made with beef, mixed mushrooms, sesame butter, corn, carrot pickle and egg.

The Japanese cheesecake was creamy and rich in texture and served with fresh raspberries and a white chocolate foam.

Netsu offers perfectly executed dishes, a relaxed ambience and attentive service. What more can we ask for?

Netsu is located at Mandarin Oriental Dubai

+9714-777 2232

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