We recently visited Atisuto (a new open) in the Galleria Mall, Safa (which is slightly ahead of Citywalk) for breakfast! The interiors are gorgeous, with Japanese paintings hanging from the wall and a bit of graffiti as well combining elegance and edginess, plus the artistic Japanese hand fan lamps are beautiful.
Moving onto the food, we started off with some Japanese tea which was freshly brewed and tart; served in the traditional cups went perfectly with the meal.
Up next are the soups: the vegetable chowder was thick and creamy whereas the mushroom soup was packed with flavor and piquant.
These haramaki rolls were fantastic and fresh, we also loved the apple cider dip. There is an interesting story about these rolls, the Japanese spring roll is actually called harumaki but Chef Shinoda changed the name to haramaki because of a very loyal local customer who praised his harumaki rolls in Tokyo and now visits this branch weekly.
My sister’s favorite dish was the okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) which contains egg, bean sprouts, white cabbage, tempura batter, spring onion mix, topped with tonkatsu sauce, bonito flakes and Japanese mayo. The base is crispy whereas the topping makes it creamy and crunchy! It’s a merge of strong flavors and big enough for 2.
My favorite was the cheese omrice – a traditional Japanese snack. Most places here have a well done hard omelette but the one at Atisuto was soft and fluffy – went perfectly with the rice and pickled vegetables.
To finish off we had 2 mochi’s: green tea and chocolate. My favorite was the subtle green tea whereas the sugar queen’s favorite was the chocolate.
Their huge latte was a great wake up call.
Overall we were quite happy with our experience here and can’t wait to be back and check out their lunch/dinner menu.