DiningKitchen Confidential: KAYTO

We explore new pop-up restaurant KAYTO by Cristian Goya, set to take Dubai by storm

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A very fabulous fusion

Second generation Argentinian and of Japanese descent, Chef Cristian Goya grew up with the influence and culture of two very distinct worlds. Raised in Buenos Aires, his family felt it was important for Cristian to understand his roots, so he spent summers at cooking school in Okinawa. “My Japanese ancestry is entwined in everything that I do,” explains Chef Cristian. “Particularly in the food that I create. While I consider myself a proud Argentinian from Buenos Aires, my grandparents are from Okinawa, a Japanese island in the East China Sea.” After years honing his craft in Paris’s Michelin starred restaurants and with a deep love and understanding of both South American and Japanese ingredients, his exotic blend of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine emerged. Known as Nikkei, it is a traditional term that denotes a Japanese émigré, and symbolises the rich amalgam of cultures.

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On the menu

From neatly rolled sushi rolls and the freshest of ceviche, to robust meat dishes; Chef Cristian’s creations at KAYTO, located in Jumeirah Al Naseem, whisk you on a culinary journey around the asado grills of Buenos Aires and sushi counters of Tokyo, then back again.

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Signature dishes include saikyo miso black cod; a golden cut of fish, glazed to perfection, artfully plated atop a leaf. Wafer-thin yellowtail sashimi gets a fiery South American kick from green Jalapeno pepper, while precision-cut salmon tataki is offset by a sweet and sour sauce, crowned by a delicate lotus root. For something heartier, guests can enjoy Australian Wagyu beef tataki and corn-fed chicken breast with truffle teriyaki sauce. Desserts include a tempting selection of mochi, cheesecake brûlée served with mandarin sorbet or espresso glace.

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KAYTO’s in-house mixologist has crafted an imaginative selection of Japanese-inspired cocktails and mocktails. For an authentic Japanese tasting experience, KAYTO offers a range of premium sakes.

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A place to party

For Dubai’s cool crowd, KAYTO is the place to see and be seen. Perched high amid the palms that surround Jumeirah Al Naseem’s pool, KAYTO’s beachfront location offers a panoramic ocean vista and wall-to-wall aquamarine skies. With the Burj Al Arab as your backdrop and a DJ spinning tunes six days a week, it’s a great place to catch the sunset. As the sun goes down and the music’s tempo goes up, so does the electric atmosphere. Secluded outdoor seating invites indulgent, after-dark dinners with flowing cocktails, while inside plush pink velvet seating and polished marble surfaces lend a sophisticated touch.

And Chef Cristian’s vision? “I want people to come and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, not fine dining but still a place with exceptional food, great quality and taste. I want guests to enjoy generous food that they can share, paired with one-of-a-kind views and great atmosphere.”