Bento – Ya

I’ve been meaning to try this place for years but never really got to do it because of its unique location. I see it every time we pass by Sheik Zayed Road but there was really no real motivation to stop and try. Not until last night that is…we had to go to *Axiom to have Arnie’s tablet fixed and I took advantage of the situation.

My first impression was “Hole in the wall“, interiors were not impressive but the line of food packages waiting to be delivered by the counter raised my curiosity. At first we were the only ones dining in (but then again, it was only 6PM – too early for the dinner crowd) but after a while people were coming in and noticeably, Japanese people who made me excited all the more because if Japanese people think it was good, I was going to be in for a pleasant Japanese dinner which is what I’ve craved for.

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Crunchy Unagi Roll and Salmon Crab Roll

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Katsudon

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Tempura Bento

Verdict: It was good but it didn’t knock my socks off! But I’m not totally blaming the restaurant, maybe I just didn’t order the right things. I wanted to order more of the sushi/maki selections but my dinner dates were more of carbo eaters and not fresh uncooked fish. I want to say we will come back here again, but they’re not included in my entertainer vouchers and I’m trying to make the effort to pinch pennies.

Address Sheikh Zayeed Road,
Al Kawakeb Bldg.
D Block 1F
Tel 04-3430222
Business hours:
Everyday(Inc. Fri.) 12:00-15:00
18:30-23:30(Last order)
Terrace Tables 8 tables
Smoking tables available
Regular holiday No holiday
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They have a Garhoud branch too:

 Address Garhoud Bridge Rd.
Garhoud Views Bldg.
Shop4
 Tel 04-2369666
 Business Hours:
 Everyday(Inc Fri.) 12:00~00:30 (Last Order)
*Operated without break
 Regular Holidays No Holidays
Free Valet Parking Sunday-Thursday 12:30-14:30
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A few steps from this restaurant we discovered Gourmet – Ya which is a Japanese supermarket. I’m assuming it’s the same owner as Bento – Ya. I was excited to find they carry my Japanese Mochi in a different flavor (strawberry!!). They even have japanese condiments that I cannot wait to try to cook with. I was so tempted to try the Japanese snacks but I’m trying to cut my salt intake so I bought some ice cream instead! hehe

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Gourmet – Ya Timings:

Saturday-Thursday 11:00AM-10:00PM
Friday       1:30PM-10:00PM

Found online that they have a delivery service too: http://gurumeya.com/e/index.html

*Axiom service center:
  • Location : Sheikh Zayed Road – Beside Dusit Dubai Hotel
  • City: Dubai
  • Telephone: 800 29466
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday 10am to 8pm Friday 1:30pm to 8pm
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