Pasta and Sushi at Scoozi ~ Lady & her Sweet Escapes

Jun 30, 2013

Pasta and Sushi at Scoozi

Italian or Japanese? That was the big question we had to face on a Thursday night. But why choose when we can have both in the same place, at the same time! In 1992, Scoozi started as an Italian restaurant and eventually changed its concept years later by adding Japanese cuisine on the menu. Scoozi is now all over Beirut and Dubai, giving people the option to enjoy both Italian and Japanese dishes on the same table. 

Scoozi in Dubai Mall

It was my third time in Scoozi. On my first two visits, I was stuck with the Italian menu and didn't dare to add a little bit of craziness to my meal. Yet, I have always wondered "what if I'll have sushi on the side?" So, that Thursday night, there was no room for what ifs. Scoozi promises "a dual sensation", I just had to place my full trust on that.     

At Scoozi, we had an option to order from the a la carte menu or pick whatever we want from the Sushi Bar for 155 AED. The Sushi Bar all-you-can-eat option sounded great, but I was there to enjoy both cuisines, not for Japanese alone. Ed and I decided to browse the menu for a mix and match dinner. 

Sushi Bar at Scoozi
Scoozi's conveyor belt loaded with Japanese specialties
Up close Sushi Bar at Scoozi in Dubai Mall
The Japanese Rolls up close
Menu at Scoozi in Dubai Mall
Scoozi's menu: Italian or Japanese or both? :) 
complimentary bread at Scoozi in Dubai Mall
complimentary bread basket with olive oil

Over dinner, I was contemplating about what we had on our table. From the Italian menu, we ordered Spaghetti al Pesto; fresh homemade pasta with fresh basil sauce and cream. From the Japanese menu, we chose the mix platter of salmon sashimi, salmon sushi, tuna sushi, red snapper sushi, shrimp sushi, Scoozi maki, Philadelphia maki and cucumber maki.   

Japanese Mix Patter
a closer look on our mismatched dinner

My taste buds were confused! The taste of creamy pasta sauce and the spicy wasabi, plus the delicate texture of raw fish, just didn't blend in. I used fork in a moment, then switched to chopsticks in seconds. I poured in Balsamic dressing on one side for bread sticks, then have to pour Kikkoman for the sushi! Mix and Match? Nah, I totally failed on this. It was a mismatch! I think it would have been better if we had tempura instead of sushi, or maybe pizza instead of pasta. 

Lady in Scoozi

You think it's weird? I think so too! Hahaha! But there's always a point in life when you just have to embrace the weirdness in you, satisfy your cravings no matter how weird it can be and enjoy the goodness and weirdness that our world can offer!  

Dinner for 2:
Spaghetti Al Pesto: 54 AED
Mixed Platter: 99 AED
2 Lemon Iced Tea: 36 AED

The Dubai Mall 
Lower Ground Level


  1. I'm having a really hard time imagining Italian alongside Japanese food. hehe. on the one hand, i never get tired of salmon sashimi. I want some right now!

    1. It's really weird noh? Heheh. I was just very curious with the Italian/Japanese cuisine mash up.

  2. Sushi and pasta!??? It's really hard to contemplate the flavor that you'll be savoring mixing the east and west cuisines. Just like you mentioned it's really weird!

  3. wow! What a combination.. But restaurant owners now need to be creative in coming up with their business concept. It's for Italian and Japanese lovers I guess! :)

  4. sushi may carbs, pasta carbs din... cguro ill try this pero parang one at a tiime para hnd agad maumay :)

  5. Do we have that here in our country? I'm not aware if there is looks great! I love that California Maki! Mouth watering pictures! Love it!

  6. i love japanese food but i really, really need to learn how to use chopsticks. it looks awkward when i try to eat sashimi using my fork. quite an unusual combination for a restaurant but i love pasta too so i think i'll survive a dining experience here.

  7. Wow, this is food haven for the Italian and Japanese cuisine lovers! How much is it in peso? I'd go for sashimi so I can eat more :)

  8. Fusion confusion! As somebody who cooks for a living, I abhor all sorts of fusion simply because, it is not direct and moreover, it's CONFUSING!

  9. hahaha, that was indeed a nice foodie experience...

  10. I'm not a Japanese Cuisine fanatic. I'm sure I would curse myself if I try this match-up.hehe I'll stick with Italian foods.

  11. Fantastic! I love Japanese food and that conveyor belt made me hungry for food at my favorite restaurant love the photos.

  12. Haha hindi siguro maka-decide yung may-ari! I'm not fond of Japanese food, but I love Italian! :D

  13. So cool to be able to have both italian and japanese food at the same place..the food looks so yummy.

  14. italian and japanese are my absolute favorites while hubby is more into chinese and native. i would be in food heaven if scoozi or something similar opens here in cebu :)

  15. both love japanese and italian cuisine! but i haven't tried eating those at the same time XD

  16. Hmm,even though it's a mismatch, it's something new to the taste. hehe. I would love to eat sushi now, as in now! :)

  17. i'm a pasta fan, and that spaghetti pesto looks really good!

  18. I would love to eat there. I love Jap and Italian :)

  19. Two of my favorite cuisine.

    Japanese and Italian. Wanna try there! :D