There’s an unmistakeable Russian vibe about Novikov, despite the fact its menu is supposedly Japanese-inspired – presumably, thanks to its red-themed décor picked out by owner Arkady Novikov.
Taking a seat in the restaurant located inside the Sheraton Grand Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, most diners will typically begin with Japanese starters. Edemame served alongside sushi and salmon tacos (that's where the 'fusion' bit kicks in). There's a large raw seafood counter alongside the kitchen, so no surprise that seafood plays a large part of the menu - the scallops with black truffle are particularly good. The Asian flavours continue, and one of Novikov's most popular dishes are the dim sum. Pick a mixed basket, and you get a variety of duck, chicken and shrimp – all perfectly formed and steamed to perfection. There's a huge variety of tasty desserts, including the Shira Tama sphere – a white chocolate dome which melts when hot caramel sauce is poured over the top (many of Novikov's dishes are as Instagram-friendly as this one).
The restaurant - which is near the heart of Dubai's business district – is equally suited to lunch, but dinner is best if you're looking for atmosphere. Expect decent-sized crowds, including businessmen to good-looking couples and flashily-dressed groups of friends.
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