Tucked away in the corner of Dubai Design District, Akiba Dori stands out thanks to its Bladerunner like neon signage. The futuristic restaurant has been a mainstay of D3 for a while now. It follows the style of Tokyo’s bustling Akihabara district that is famous for its anime and gaming haunts.
The interior doesn’t give off your typical restaurant vibe. It’s cobble pathway, which is flanked by tables and leads to lovely outdoor terrace, fits the street food vibe that the menu is packed with.
Akiba Dori’s uniqueness extends to the cuisine. It’s primarily Japanese but with an Italian tilt. So, as well as classic sashimi, you can grab a Neapolitan style pizza cooked in the enormous pizza oven stood loud and proud in the kitchen.
We’re advised of the sharing concept that the menu has to offer, so sample quite a varied selection. Alongside the delightful wagyu beef gyoza and Akiba rock shrimp was a 5 Formaggi pizza and fries. In most other places in Dubai, a selection like this would draw curious reactions from fellow diners. But at Akiba Dori the mix is encouraged and the relaxed atmosphere fits the carefree ordering style.