One of my friend’s invited me to this awesome place for dinner. We are regulars at the Qube Sports Bar but had never tried out any other restaurants in Meydan hotel.
The restaurant has a lovely view of the Meydan race course, the decor is very modern and the staff is very attentive. However what I did not like was the reservations as there is no direct number to the restaurant, one has to route through the reception to place a reservation. The day we were planning to visit, the reception line was down and the other restaurants could not connect us to the restaurant we wanted to dine in. So we took our chances without any reservation and luckily the staff arranged a table swiftly.
Moving to the food, Shiba Restaurant serves Asian cuisine..right from Indian to Japanese. Their menu is not vast but is fine for at least two to three visits. For starters we ordered vegetable spring rolls & Thai crab cakes, for mains we chose Vegetable Green Curry ,Fish Tikka, Egg fried rice and garlic naans. For sweet endings we ordered soft centered chocolate cake with coconut ice cream.
The spring rolls were not that great but the crab cakes were fantastic. The crabs were cooked to perfection and moist. I loved the Vegetable Green Curry, the vegetables were cooked but crunchy and fresh. Accompaniments were great too. The fish tikka is a great option for those who choose to be on low carb diet, its not spicy and prepared very well.
Overall, except the reservation part which was a slight glitch, everything went well. Food is always a great conversation starter and this place is great for a dinner date. The staff are very friendly and accommodating, they suggest the dishes to try as well.
Cost for two: 320Dhs including beverages