Bringing the streets of Japan to the iconic Shangri-La Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, ONI Japanese Restaurant, Lounge and Sake Bar, has officially opened its doors to the UAE. Celebrating its official launch, friends of the brand and key F&B industry influencers were welcomed to a spectacular event to introduce ONI’s Asian-infused cuisine and ambience, along with Dubai’s A-listers and fooderati alike on the 26th of February.
Guests indulged in classics such as sushi, robata and ramen, as they were wowed by ice-sculpting World Champion, Naoyuki Takasawa, who worked his magic on a 1.5-meter-high sculpture. An exciting spectacle to match the evening’s enthralling vibe.
A firm believer in freshly sourced produce and quality, award-winning chef and CEO of ONI, Chef Mohammad Islam, aims to deliver more than just good food as he works with his talented team to curate culinary experiences set against an ambient restaurant backdrop. Ingredients at ONI are sourced from Hokkaido, Japan’s ‘hakodate asaichi’, which means ‘morning market’, further enriching the authenticity of an ONI meal.
The idea behind the new dining concept is to create authentic, varied dishes mixed with warmth and friendliness, lined with a laid-back vibe, all in a bid to create a sense of place and community for diners. “ONI is more than just quality food,” states Islam. “ONI is culinary creativity at its best, straight from fresh ingredients to an attractively plated dish. ONI is about creating a dining atmosphere that is comfortable and unforgettable. ONI is an ode to street-style delicacies from Japan and its star flavors and styles, while it celebrates connections and unity,” Islam adds.
With the LA Times chiming in on Islam’s Restaurants at Chateau Marmont by comparing his cooking to Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse, a California restaurant famous for pioneering Californian cuisine, and developing Dubai’s very own Atelier M, it is most certain that his new venture, ONI, is set to be the new talk-of-the-town-spot.
For more information on ONI Japanese Restaurant, Lounge and Sake Bar, please call +971 (0) 4 405 2333.
Published on March 1, 2018
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