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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, summer 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 hammour 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.

In the mains the wagyu beef short rib bo ssam style was superb-tender and delicate, we shred the meat and wrapped in lettuce, topped it with pickles and kept going at it till the platter was empty.

The warayaki style salmon teriyaki was the winning dish of the night. The fish had a hint of smokiness to it and the teriyaki flavors were nicely sealed in. We enjoyed it with a side of Japanese mushrooms cooked in butter and topped with chives.

The Japanese cheesecake was creamy and rich in texture and served with fresh raspberries and a white chocolate foam. The brioche style doughnuts filled with thick black sugar custard were an absolute treat.

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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