Dubai launches art-themed Japanese sushi restaurant

Atisuto is filled with graffiti stricken walls which were inspired by avant-garde artists who admired Japanese culture
Dubai launches art-themed Japanese sushi restaurant
By Lubna Hamdan
Wed 07 Jan 2015 12:14 PM

UAE-based Silver Spoon Investments (SSI) opened its first restaurant, Japanese “Atisuto”, in the newly opened Galleria Mall on Wasl Road.

The restaurant’s theme was inspired by sushi restaurants found in the backstreets of Japan’s major cities.

“Atisuto,” meaning “artist” in Japanese, is filled with graffiti stricken walls which were inspired by avant-garde artists who admired Japanese culture and expressed themselves freely by painting directly on the walls and floors.

The opening of the restaurant was headed by one of Dubai’s leading sushi chefs, Chef Aijiro, whose worked in top notch Dubai hotels such as Le Meridien.

To create the menu, Aijiro combined his traditional Japanese technique with a modern twist. The menu concentrations on sushi, sashimi, robata grill, yakitori, udon and ramen soups.

At Atisuto, the sushi counter and robatta grill are staged with an open view to allow guests to see the Japenese Chef at work, making for an interactive environment.

Salem Bin Dasmal, Founder of SSI, says Atisuto is meant to reveal Japanese creativity.

“Atisuto will show guests the influence Japanese creativity has on its culture and cuisine by offering a fresh and unique menu in an art-inspired environment,” Bin Dasmal said.

Founded in 2013, SSI Group is based on the idea of local sourcing within the UAE. Almost everything in Atisuto, from the gnarled wood to the fish, is homegrown.

SSI has plans to open a second branch of the restaurant in Business Bay this year.

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