“In true Japanese fashion, NIRI offers a distinctive and yet inclusive dining experience.” Niri Restaurant & Bar
If you love Japanese cuisine then you must head to Niri Restaurant & Bar located on the beachfront promenade at Mamsha Al Saadiyat. The homegrown neighbourhood Japanese yakitori offers a memorable dining experience with great food and service. There’s a dedicated sushi counter, expert mixologists and a charming, outdoor terrace with ocean views.
Niri has become our go-to for dining out especially for a special occasion or taking visitors. The menu is filled with authentic Japanese flavours created with a modern twist. Well presented dishes are served to the table to share and include sushi, sashimi, grills, tempura, salads and vegetarian choices. Our family favourites include the sushi platter, lamb chops, wagyu beef, offal skewers, mushroom rice, miso aubergine and vegetable tempura.
Service is excellent, attentive enough to ensure you have a great experience but not overbearing. The kimono clad servers are knowledgeable, offering menu advice and delivering dishes as they are ready. The well-stocked bar has all the options with an extensive wine selection, beers, Japanese inspired cocktails and sake.
The restaurant has a sleek, minimalist design and a great atmosphere. A mix of blonde wood and tan leather is complimented by a cool bar with backlit shelves, a faux cherry blossom tree and a long sushi counter with seats to watch the creative chefs. Outside the terrace is filled with more tables and comfortable chairs for dining and enjoying drinks with a backdrop of the ocean. The ambiance is further lifted at the weekend with a DJ playing old school vinyl.
My top tip is to book in advance as this restaurant is extremely popular. Make sure you save room for dessert and order the delicious chocolate soufflé with hazelnut ice cream, it’s my favourite sweet treat in the city right now.
Niri Restaurant & Bar
Location: Turquoise Building 9, Mamsha Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Telephone 02 546 8886
Opening Times: Sunday – Thursday 12pm – 11pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm – 12am
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All views are my own based on my experience. Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2022. All rights reserved. Additional two photos used with courtesy of www.instagram.com/niriabudhabi