A bit too late for this post. This is should have been up some weeks ago, but considering how I am, I wanted it to be perfect. Especially since my experience here was not of an average one.
Though Japanese food is loved by many, the Japanese concept has always been something that I’ve stayed away from. Mainly, as raw fish is something I would prefer not to indulge in (which is the reason I ask for it to be cooked). But, hearing about a Mad Hatter’s tea party themed brunch at Sho Cho, sparked an interest in me.
Located in Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, Jumeirah, Sho Cho has a nice view of the beach. If you’re looking for a place to sit out and eat in the amazing weather that’s coming up, I would recommend visiting one of the restaurants located there.
Sho Cho is situated right at the end of restaurants at the resort. Since it was afternoon, walking in was a relief. The cool and comfortable vibe is easy to get used to. Placed around our tables were huge playing cards. The ceilings were decorated with mushrooms and lanterns, all going in with the theme.
Since they didn’t have the usually preferred non-alcoholic drinks on the menu, we had to settle for an OJ and an Apple Juice.
The brunch set menu started with Edamame, Grilled Aubergine and Chicken Gyoza.
My favourite dish here was the Chicken gyoza, soft steamed dumplings stuffed with chicken. Yum!
For salad, we ordered a Kaiso. Not being a fan of seaweed, this wasn’t to my preference.
The servers were quite punctual, bringing the courses in order and also clearing up plates when they were done with. Next, we ordered some maki rolls! We tried a California and Tempura.
I have to agree, both of these were splendid. But, the California fared a close second compared to the delicious Tempura. Crispy prawn maki rolls topped with creamy chili and garlic sauce. I am having major cravings as I type this down.
After all this, what arrived next was our main course. Rocket Shrimps and Beef Tenderloin.
The Rocket Shrimps was hands down the best dish here. Crispy and bite sized shrimps drenched in creamy chili and garlic sauce!
Unfortunately, the Beef Tenderloin didn’t live up to my expectations. First, it wasn’t well done like I had asked. Second, I didn’t like the beef soaked in teriyaki sauce, which was too strong for my taste-buds.
After stuffing our tummies, we decided to end our meal with something sweet and healthy. The Sho Cho Fruit Plate, with passion fruit, watermelon, and orange.
Later, we tried their in house speciality ice cream. The flavours seemed intriguing, which made me curious enough to taste them. Red bean, Ginger, Green Apple and our favourite Green Tea. I loved the Ginger and Red bean weirdly. First, as I could taste them in the ice cream (I’ve had experiences with ice cream flavours that don’t taste the way they’re named) . And second, putting these into something sweet and making it so amazingly delicious. Genius, really.
From the throng of Japanese restaurants in Dubai, Sho Cho clearly stands out. With good food, friendly staff and a view to die for, this should be placed high on every foodie’s list.
Until next time. xx
Disclaimer: Though I was a guest at Sho Cho, all opinions expressed are my own and they stand honest and unbiased.