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The venue has entered the modern day. High tables with stools and lower down seating options cover the floor and the ceiling sports an industrial look. A ‘bar’ at the back displays sushi rolls and plates pour out of the kitchen from here, making their way to crowded tables.

It’s still a strange concept, however, serving a mixture of Japanese, Italian and Western cuisine. Not something I personally would have thought go hand in hand but hey ho, I’m happy to try something different.

We go on a Tuesday and unfortunately hadn’t been able to book. We get there and the supervisor tells us they’re fully booked as its ‘sushi night’ but he can squeeze us in for an hour until it gets too busy.

We’re happy with that so we go with the flow.

We’re sat in the middle of quite a few empty tables and we’re told about the sushi deal – QR150 for over 20 varieties of sushi. As we’re being rushed, the server lingers as I quickly peruse the menu and decide I also want to try edamame and vegetable spring rolls. We’re sticking with Japanese tonight.

Soon after, the starters arrive. They’re both good – nothing mind blowing but we happily munch away until our epic sushi platter is served. As we wait, we see plenty of others flying out of the doors to a bustle of customers.

We’re waiting for around half an hour before it comes and I’m getting a little antsy as I’m aware we need to leave soon (although half the restaurant is still empty). It finally comes presented beautifully on a grey slate with a great range of options to taste. From salmon and shrimp nigiri to Philadelphia and California rolls, and vegetarian maki, all the regular culprits are there plus a few unusual ones. Some are really good, some are alright and some are definitely not ones I’d try again. Granted, they’re being mass produced on this night at a high speed, but overall I’d have to say we’re rather underwhelmed.

Although the restaurant is quieter than when we came, we’re aware of the time limit we’ve been given so we quickly wrap it up with a green tea and leave.

I have to say we really like the venue – it’s modern, welcoming and edgy. It’s a great place to catch up with friends over some leisurely sushi. Plus, on this night, for the amount of sushi we got, QR150 is definitely offering value for money. But unfortunately on this occassion we weren’t overly impressed with the rushed, unresponsive and unfriendly service or the lacking flavours in quite a bit of the food.

The bill (for two)
1 x small water QR12
1 x flavoured tea QR16
1 x sushi night QR150
1 x vegetarian spring rolls QR38
1 x edamame QR35
Total QR251

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Nasr, Doha
  • Tel: 4432 2539
  • Travel: Salwa Road
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Times: Open daily noon-11.30pm
  • Price: QR200-350
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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