Chef Izu Ani launches soon to be open Aya in City Walk

Chef Izu Ani launches soon to be open Aya in City Walk


Aya is a new dining concept by Chef Izu, the popular Japenese culinary master. It will open this month in City Walk Dubai.

Aya, which means ‘beautiful’ in Japanese showcases the best of innovative dining in the UAE with its flavors and layered Asian cuisine. 

The interiors will feature an inside and outside space with elements of a Japanese garden complete with a Cherry Blossom tree symbolizing the fragility and beauty of life, tying in with Aya’s namesake. 

Chef Izu’s signature dishes include a mezze of Kunafa wrapped prawns, yuzu kosho, sweet with sour tensuyu and Miso marinated Black Cod with grapefruit miso as well as brown butter ice cream with olive oil sponge and hazelnut crumble which is prepared à La Minute.

Aya’s menu will have a delicate mix of whimsically elaborate rolls, buns and a Josperyaki with a life changing Wagu Katsu sando with Aya bbq sauce and Hokkaido Milk Bread straight from the streets of Tokyo. In true Izu style the quality and gastronomic technique is second to none, with help from a gregarious collective of experts lead by Head Chef Christopher Blake, formerly Chef at Zuma Dubai. 

Chef Izu Ani said: “Dubai has been waiting for a fresh concept that layers traditions and flavors, creating beautifully delicate dishes that guests will not find anywhere else. We wanted to take Asian cuisine to a different level with the most important elements being embedded deep in the tastes of the menu.” He commented “The passion we have behind the concept will present itself in the aromas, interior, staff, food, drinks and atmosphere Aya has to offer.”

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