Introducing a second Michelin-Star chef into the culinary mix, Caesars Bluewaters Dubai opens modern Japanese restaurant Paru in partnership with award-winning Michelin-Star Chef Akira Back (Sung Ook Back). Located on a stunning rooftop at Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai, with breathtaking views across two spectacular terraces, the new eatery offers an eclectic menu of modern Japanese dishes masterfully created by Back. The perfect spot to watch the sun set across the Arabian Gulf, Paru offers guests something unique – a buzzing bar, chilled out lounge and modern restaurant, all in one slickly-designed space.
Divided into three distinct areas, the journey into Paru starts with the impressive light-filled dining room. An intricate ceiling of stark white origami flowers lit with turquoise blue pays homage to the restaurant’s Japanese roots and mirrors ocean views seen from its towering glass wall. Suspended from the ceiling, a flowing steel and crystal sculpture with strings of luminous orbs nods to the restaurant’s name, meaning ‘pearl’ in Japanese.
Framing the bar and sushi counter, a modern mural – alluding to art as a form of love – was designed by Akira Back’s artist mother, adding a dramatic focal point for those perched beneath it. Guests can watch chefs at work while indulging in a selection of delicacies from the menu or finding comfort in a more chilled out meal in lounge seating located by the floor-to-ceiling windows. For those that want to dine ‘Japanese-style’, a tall central long table creates the perfect opportunity to people-watch or keep tracks on Paru’s Resident DJ.
Outside, Paru offers guests the choice of two al fresco terraces, both designed for dining and the quintessential sundowner experience. Flanked by bonsai trees, the dining terrace creates the ideal chance to tuck into the modern Japanese menu while taking in JBR’s epic skyline. On the other side, the lounge terrace with cushioned wicker sofas and low tables is a more chilled affair, serving shisha every evening. Set to top every list of “spots to catch the sunset” it boasts sweeping views of the glittering Arabian Gulf, city skyscrapers and curving fronds of Palm Jumeirah.
Created by Chef Akira Back, Paru’s eclectic menu reflects the culinary landscape of modern Japan. Having trained in Japan for many years, Back is known for bringing a sense of adventure to his culinary creations, taking traditional flavours and techniques from the region and giving them his own signature twist.
Born in Korea and raised in Aspen, Colorado, Chef Akira Back brings a sense of adventure and creativity to his culinary creations. A former professional snowboarder turned Michelin Chef, Akira Back is at the helm of several award-winning restaurants around the world including one Michelin-Starred DOSA in Seoul, Korea. Having built strong partnerships across the world, Akira Back has led his team to successful ventures while creating innovative venues and a global brand. He continues to expand his global portfolio with 15 restaurants currently in operation and an additional twelve set to launch by 2020. Chef Back’s portfolio includes Yellowtail, Kumi, his namesake brand Akira Back Restaurants in Dubai, Toronto, Singapore, Bangkok, Seoul, Jakarta and Hanoi with additional locations set to open in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Bali, San Diego, Dallas and Boston. Back’s newest concepts include AB Steak in Jakarta, Dasha Chinese restaurant in Toronto as well as Lounge and Rooftop concepts in Bangkok and Hanoi.
Designed to deliver a sense of adventure in every bite, dishes include ‘Cool Share Plates’ such as Suzuki Ceviche (sea bass with caviar and soy yuzu ponzu) and Crispy Rice (spicy tuna on crispy rice, avocado, jalapeno, spring onion) as well as ‘Warm Share Plates’ including Hotate (scallop, baby eggplant, enoki mushroom, asparagus and truffle soy butter) and Popcorn Ebi (rock shrimp tempura, mango aioli).
Also designed-to-be-shared, a selection of marinated and flame-grilled seafood and vegetable skewers will transport guests to the streets of Tokyo – and provide the perfect partner to a refreshing beverage. Other menu highlights include a Black Pepper Wagyu Ribeye (mushroom, onion, black pepper) and Teriyaki Jidori Chicken (green beans, kuri kimchee, maple soy) as well as ‘Signature Rolls’ such as Paru House (tuna, salmon, scallops, shrimp tempura, yuzu miso) and Harmony (foie gras, wagyu beef, lobster tempura, truffle sauce). Best sampled at the intimate sushi counter, a selection of traditional sushi, sashimi and temaki – created by the sushi master – is also on offer.
With the glorious city backdrop and ever-pumping beats from the Resident DJ taking guests into the weekend, plus a dedicated music concierge, Paru offers an experience that is as sumptuous as it is uplifting. Creating the perfect fuel for nights out and long dinners.
Launching in June, Paru will introduce Maiko Night, taking ladies night to new heights. Taking place every Wednesday from 7.00pm to 11.00pm, ladies will enjoy four complimentary drinks and 25% discount on dining, while the live DJ spins tunes for the crowd.
Opening hours, weekdays: 5.00pm to 1.00am, weekends: 5.00pm to 2.00am.
Paru, Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, +971 4 556 6666