Minori

Located at: Granbell Hotel Colombo, 282/5 Kollupitiya Road, Marine Drive, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka Visited on: 19th October, 2022 Granbell is a relatively new Japanese-managed hotel in the heart of Colombo. So, naturally, they have a Japanese restaurant in-house. It’s located on the 25th floor and has an outdoor dining option as well, with an endless…

Ichi Zen

Located at: 63/2 Ward Place, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka Visited on: 02 September, 2022 Ichi Zen is one of the latest Japanese restaurants to hit the city. Opened in January 2022 and, according to their website, led by a chef with over twenty years of experience in Japanese cuisine, it’s a quiet spot located slightly off…

The Dubai Diaries: P. F. Chang’s

Located at: Dubai Festival City Mall / Mirdif City Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 25th and 31st March, 2022 This is a combined review of P. F. Chang’s at Dubai Festival City and Mirdif City Center – two of many of the chain’s locations across the Middle East. There were a couple of dishes…

The Dubai Diaries: Atisuto @ Al Ghurair Centre

Located at: Ground Floor, Al Ghurair Centre, Al Rigga Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 14 & 16 Oct, 2019 Atisuto is a cosy and casual Japanese restaurant that we enjoy visiting from time to time. The unique décor gives the place a rather welcoming yet street-vibe feel. This review is a combination of two…

The Dubai Diaries: Motomachi @ Dubai Festival City

Located at: Crescent Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 20 Apr, 2019 Here’s a good, casual spot for a decent Japanese meal. It’s near the Waterfront of Dubai Festival City (DFC) and has outdoor seating if you prefer some alfresco dining (not during the summer, of course!). It was our second visit, and it…

EDO @ Colombo City Centre

Located at: 137 Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka Visited on: 30 Nov, 2018 Located at the far end of the second floor of the mall, this place might be easy to miss if you are unaware of it. Walking in through the restaurant entrance, I didn’t imagine it to be as spacious as…

The Dubai Diaries: Minato @ Radisson Blu

Located at: Baniyas Road, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 18 Nov, 2018 As Japanese as this place might be, it flies the Sri Lankan flag high – the head chef is from our little island nation, and we have met several chefs here over the years who have also hailed from the motherland. That…

Ginza on The Edge @ Water’s Edge

Located at: 316 Ethul Kotte Road, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka Visited on: 06 Mar, 2018 This was our lunch stop since we were in the area on the day. I had been eyeing this place for a while but hadn’t paid a visit – as yet. The place was quite quiet with a few sporadically occupied…

Sushi Bar Samurai – Negombo

Located at: Porutota Road, Negombo, Sri Lanka Visited on: 11 Feb, 2018 Negombo’s restaurant is the older of the two Sushi Bar Samurai restaurants operating in the country. Located on the very touristy Porutota Road, the glass panels lining the restaurant give it an on-the-street feel while still maintaining a niche-like ambiance. Although it does have…