Discovering Dubai: Iftar Japanese Style

Hello Dear Readers!

I am slightly ashamed of this. Like, very very slightly. But my favorite iftar meal wasn’t Arab at all. It was Japanese.

Listen, we all know that Japanese food is not cheap. Sushi rolls cost, as does sashimi, teppanyaki, and the many other accoutrements that come with a Japanese style meal.

But what…what if it was all unlimited, for one price?

What if a Japanese restaurant was celebrating Ramadan with their own version of an iftar buffet?

Enter PJ and Carissa.

Looking fly AF, we rolled up into the Kanpai Japanese Restaurant with a BOGO coupon and appetites whetted by a nearly full day without eating.

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So fly

And oh, did we eat.

We. Ate.

Did I mention that this particular iftar also included unlimited alcoholic drinks?

Let’s just say that our buffet lasted a full two hours, and spanned from an entire range of appetizers (edamame, tempura, prawns, egg rolls, pot stickers- two platters of these)

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To 5 different sushi rolls as well as sashimi (I ate it!)

And finally our entrees, which consisted of both steak and chicken teppanyaki, as well as bowls of fried rice.

This was all followed up with both desserts available on the menu- fried bananas with vanilla ice cream and also a scoop of gelato.

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Liberally mixed in with all of this were four large glasses of red wine.

And you have our Japanese iftar.

It. Was. Glorious.

Afterwards, we shambled through the Dubai Mall, trying desperately to look sober.

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Act. Sober.

I’m like 99% certain it didn’t work.

-Carissa “Why Don’t My Pants Fit?” Rawson

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