Toshi - Grand Millenium Al Wahda
Toshi is not large, and on first entering, you get a feeling that it is a bit cramped. The use of dark colours add to this sense. red and black is the overwhelming colour motif. Fortunately, the large windows give one a sense of space. With most tables at the window, it does not feel as oppressive as it might have been without the window seating. Another drawback with the seating is the incredibly heavy chairs. It was such a challenge pushing my daughter's chair in or even my own for that matter!
Toshi has a couple of theme nights, including a sushi night, which by all accounts is incredibly popular. For a very reasonable price you can enjoy endless sushi. Now when it comes to sushi, I am somewhat divided. I do not appreciate the Californication of sushi (making it more fun and accessible to the masses by adding interesting ingredients like chili sauce!). However, it is this very Westernising of sushi that has allowed it to spread worldwide to be one of the most recognisable high end foods! Also, there are commercial considerations. You try and cater to your market. And this is what Toshi has done. You can expect all sorts of colourful sushi combinations. If a more traditional take on sushi is your preference, then head to Toki instead ( Recently awarded Japanese Restaurant of the Year in Abu Dhabi by Timeout magazine). However, if it is fun, colourful and contemporary that you want, this is your place. Based on the crowds at Toshi, I guess the client base is quite happy with Toshi's sushi interpretations!
|Green Papaya Salad.|
|Nice selection of Asian beers.|
|Angus Beef Teppanyaki|
|Crispy Banana with Coconut Ice Cream|
Toshi has great potential and with its niche being Asian cuisine, it is able to offer a wide variety of dishes, as evidenced by its menu. The lack of soul, though, alluded to above, is something that can be changed by reminding staff of one of the key tenets of Asian culture - hospitality. I look forward to my next visit to watch this evolution.