Oh boy, this is going to be a hard post. For the first time in I don’t how long, I actually do not like a place. This was my first visit to Tatami, so I did what I normally do when I visit a restaurant for the first time: order everything I think I would like from the menu.
That’s how I ended up ordering two salads, Edamami, 2 kinds of Maki, Lobster Teppanyaki, and Banana\Chocolate Spring Roll. My friend who, unlike me, loves Sushi and Sashimi ordered a double platter of Salmon, Tuna, Scallops, and what I think is Sardine.
The first salads we tried was the Spinach & Shitaki Mushroom, which was ok in my opinion. I just didn’t like it much, and I don’t think I would order it again, the dressing and the fresh spinach were just too bitter for my taste. Now the other salad, I forgot what it was called but it came in heavily recommended by our waitress, was not tasty at all. The cucumber and carrots were too spongy, and it came with shredded boiled shrimp instead of shredded crab because they were out of crab. I personally didn’t like this salad at all, but my friend seemed to like it just fine. It’s definitely not something I would order again.
We had ordered the Edamami with the spicy mayo dip, and it was an ok dish. It’s a dish that I would for sure order again, only for the lack of other more favorite dishes.
Now we come to the Makis. They were for me. I ordered the Spider, which I think was made with fried crab. And the other maki was a regular Ebi Tempura one. Only changes were that I asked them to use rice paper instead of seaweed. The Tempura roll was good, but the spider one smelled just a bit too strong for me. My friend agreed that it did smell a bit too strong too, but she loved the Tempura Roll.
As for my friend’s dish, the Sushi\Sashimi; she loved it. She’s a regular at Tatamai, so she knew what to order, and even made it a double order too. That’s how much she loved it. Good for her.
I had thankfully ordered a Teppanyaki dish, just in case I didn’t like my other orders. My Lobster Teppanyaki comes in a cream sauce, and I asked them to make it with extra sauce. I loved this dish. Oh My God, it was so good. The sauce was creamy, yet spicy. The Lobster was both tender and juicy, and the vegetables were really crispy but still very tasty.
This is definitely what’s going to get me back to Tatami. This Lobster Teppanyaki is the best that I’ve ever had in Kuwait, and I’m going to Tatami again and again to eat it.
We finished our meal with the Banana Chocolate “spring rolls”, which come with creme englaise. If you know me, you would know that I am not a fan of desert; so you shouldn’t take anything I say about desert negatively. I just don’t like desert. And this Banana Chocolate was not an exception. But in my defence, even my friend said that it normally tastes a lot better than it did today. We ended up our meal with espresso for the both of us.
I don’t really know how much our bill was, cause my friend paid for it. But I would assume it was a hefty amount. Sushi, Sashimi, and Lobster aren’t cheap dishes.
I really wish I a better review of Tatami. And I seriously hope I won’t get into trouble, like when Mark reviewed Banihanna. But honestly, Tatami is a very good place. You could see that the quality of food was super high, the service was super friendly, and the menu was actually quite extensive to meet many differing tastes. I just didn’t like the salads or the Makis. Then again, my taste in Japanese food leans towards the kind Meli Melo & Maki serve; not what Kei or Tatami serve. I’m just not that adventurous, plus I’m actually a picky eater.
You can find Tatami in Sharq area, Omar Bin Al-Khattab St., in the same building as Gulf Bank, and opposite Al-Ghanim’s showroom. Their phone # is 2225-1265. I included their map to make it easier for you to get there.
You can read some of my other review here: Armani Cafe Dubai, Fish Market -Salmiya, Four Seasons Brunch-Riyadh, Memories of China-Bahrain, Il Tirrazzo-Riyadh, Meat Co., Fat Burger, Cafe Italia-Bahrain, Shake Shack-Dubai, and Burger Fuel-Dubai,