Dubai-Jumeirah Beach Residence
May 11, 2018
Sho Cho is a terminally trendy and painfully hip Japanese restaurant and lounge that has taken Dubai’s fashion set by storm. Not to mention its design scene. The work of Kamran Riazi and Greg Oram of Washington partnership Oramriaz, you enter a carpeted low-ceiling pod of a room, lit in glowing blue neon and furnished with cream leather space-age chairs, along with some rather spectacular flower displays and Manga cartoons projected onto the walls. A flamboyant arrangement of fish tanks make you feel as if you’re in a submarine , all of which adds to the “minimalist underwater chic” intention. Outside, a cool decking area overlooks the beach. You’ll find the place packed with wall-to-wall beautiful people most nights of the week, posing, preening and generally looking pretty. Tuesday, Sunday and weekend nights are particularly busy, so it’s worth phoning ahead to make a reservation. And try to come as a couple if you turn up unannounced Sho Cho is known for its anti-single men policy. The aqua theme is continued in the seafood on the menu: expect succulent sushi washed down well with cocktails as colourful as the interior. The open kitchen adds to the theatre and means you can watch your super-fresh raw fish being prepared before your very eyes. It’s pretty good too but this is more a place for drinking and being seen than an intimate dinner a deux. As the night goes on the music gets louder, the lights get dimmer and the mood gets livelier. Go go Sho-Cho!