Avant-garde culinary experience TABU shakes up Dubai’s dining scene

TABU, the high-end restaurant and lounge concept serving a twist on modern Japanese cuisine, is set to bring Dubai’s diners a unique new culinary experience complete with an unexpected, theatrical twist and an artistic finesse. Situated on the 23rd floor at The St. Regis Downtown, Business Bay with stunning views of the city’s skyline and the Burj Khalifa, TABU opens its doors today, 11th May 2022, to take guests on a sophisticated, avant-garde culinary journey.

Featuring different staging areas, with multiple acts, TABU is more than just a ‘dinner-show venue’ – it has unexpected world-class entertainment, with diverse theatrical elements, which aren’t limited to just the performances. The modern yet authentic Japanese, carefully crafted beverages, and theatrical service style are key components of TABU, where creativity is perceived with every sense, guiding guests through a vibrant, artistic culinary journey. The entertainment is present all the time and all around, where guests least expect it, guaranteeing a unique experience with every single visit.

Fusing authentic Japanese flavors with a playful twist, TABU’s Executive Chef, Roberto Segura, constantly experiments with innovative culinary approaches to ensure that guests are intrigued with unique textures and flavours, interactive live cooking, and a variety of recipes that will have them appreciate the beautiful art behind TABU’s dishes.

Everything on TABU’s menu zings with flavour and is served and plated with an artistic finesse, enhancing the theatrical food service. Catering to all tastes and preferences, the extensive menu comprises a wide range of dishes, including a variety of sushi, salads, ceviches, hot and cold starters, Ishiyaki stone bowls, Yakimono, as well as a selection of main dishes and different steak cuts.

Diners can start their dining experience with an assortment from the Chef Sushi selections which includes the signature Nigiri, Sashimi and Maki Rolls, followed by starters such as O-toro Tartare in Sesame Cones; Sea Urchin on its shell & Caviar; Japanese Hamachi Usuzukuri; Gold gyoza with burrata & truffle; Japanese Wagyu Steamed Bun and more. To continue the culinary journey, guests can choose from a variety of different traditional Yakimono and Ishiyaki stone bowl dishes, including Chilean Seabass Clay Pot; Slow Braised Beef Short Rib; King Crab Leg; Jumbo Prawn; and Chargrilled Avocado, which are followed by delicious main dishes such as Hibachi Konro Lobster; the ‘Black’ Black Cod; Spicy Miso Baby Chicken as well as a Black Angus steak cuts, premium 30-days dry aged Japanese Wagyu and many more. Alternatively, guests can opt for TABU’s Omakase, with options to choose from a 6 or 8-course premium chef’s selection of dishes. Beverage pairing and tasting experiences are also available for diners wishing to experiment. Guaranteeing something for everyone, TABU is also vegan-friendly.

The restaurant’s interior is inspired by the back-alley Tokyo scene, Yokocho, a type of hidden restaurant/ bar in today’s Japan – contemporary yet mystical, featuring a streamlined, aerodynamic, underground Japanese design. By adding unexpected elements and furniture selection, TABU delivers a timeless, rich atmosphere with a strong presence of Japanese aesthetics.

Post-dinner, guests can uncover the mysterious world of ‘THE OTHER SIDE’ beyond TABU on the 24th floor, a reservation-only speakeasy lounge club, ideal for those looking for more privacy and to continue their night. TABU also has a private dining area for a more intimate gathering, as well as an outdoor terrace where guests can enjoy shisha with a selection of premium flavours and a stunning backdrop of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

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