The new outlet is located in the prestigious Address Downtown and seats up to 99 guests both indoors and on its terrace, which boasts panoramic views of Burj Khalifa.The venue was initially due to open in March 2020 but was pushed back due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and nationwide lockdown in the UAE. Due to Covid-19 regulations the opening date was postponed until the local authorities granted permission to re-open venues for good.
Other challenges faced were delays on items coming from overseas and factories in UK and Spain shuttering due to government restrictions.As the space was previously a restaurant, A&T also needed to maintain the existing MEP and BOH while modifying the whole look and feel.
Despite all this, A&T managed to deliver the full project in less than 6 months including COVID circumstances.The Dubai-based interiors company changed the normal sequence of work to minimize the delays on the overseas items, by completing all low level and flooring works first and protecting the floor. As materials arrived, they worked around the clock using multiple teams to keep the project on track whilst maintaining strict health and safety protocols and social distancing.
On the August 27 2020, A&T Group Interiors proudly handed over the completed interior fit out of the multiple award-winning restaurant and bar.Finally, on September 1 2020, the world-renowned Japanese restaurant with full interior fit-out by A&T Group Interiors was able to open its doors.
Whilst the cuisine is Japanese, the restaurant originally made a name for itself in Madrid, Spain and is the second branch of the popular Japanese restaurant in the UAE, with the first having been launched in Abu Dhabi’s Galleria Mall on Al Maryah Island in 2017.As 99 Sushi already has a worldwide brand, A&T’s brief was to match the design brand already rolled out in the Abu Dhabi branch.
To do this, A&T conducted a detailed site survey in Abu Dhabi to recreate the design intent, whilst modifying the design to meet the challenging shape of the new restaurant in Dubai.The client, GM and company director Jaime Castaneda, supplied the initial brief to A&T, designed by him and brothers Pedro and Fernando de León, in Spain.
The interiors have a similar look and feel to the Abu Dhabi branch and create a chic dining experience, with plush velvets, mirrors, striking ornate fixtures, and a colour scheme staying true to the brands colours of gold, black and red.Guests have the option of banquet seating in the restaurant, intimate seating in the private dining room or the option to watch the award-winning chefs at work while dining robata-style at the sushi bar. The restaurant also boasts a large outdoor terrace equipped with pergola and sail works, plus a remote-controlled, retractable roof, enabling the terrace to be used all year round.
When dining on the terrace guests can enjoy beautiful views over the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain.As well as the sail works and retractable ceiling, key design features include a natural moss wall behind the sushi bar, five metre high gold-finished glass wine cellar, Onyx black marble bar and decorative back painted mirrored glass throughout the restaurant.
Zone control lighting and sound system providing option to change the mood settings inside the restaurant and in the terrace area for different seating times.The A&T Group Interiors team are delighted to have brought such a beautiful project to life and say they are excited to see it thrive in the heart of Downtown Dubai.