Tucked away in the DoubleTree by Hilton Jumeirah Beach Residence is one of Dubai's most unique Japanese restaurants - Ramusake. With a focus on providing guests with a modern Izakaya dining experience, the restaurant not only looks stunning but is sure to impress those with even the most discerning palate.
The restaurant is a perfect marriage between Tokyo in the 1920's and a futuristic Japanese action film, which helps in fulfilling their promise of providing the 'art of Japanese cuisine' through every dish.
With so much going on at the restaurant on a weekly basis, it's the perfect spot for groups of friends to catch up after work or over the weekends. We've put together a complete guide to everything you need to know about Ramusake, whether it be their famous Wednesday ladies night, or their weekly Japanese brunch, there's always a reason to stop by.
Reviews of Ramusake
Here's what a few diners at Ramusake had to say about their experience.
Best Japanese in town! This place blows my mind every time, the food is fantastic and the staff are helpful and accommodating. this place is my first choice to take anyone for dinner.
Best Asian Food in JBR. All the restaurant chains on the Walk in Jumera Beach are decent chains. But if you are looking for an original place to eat Asian food, in a good atmosphere, with good music, then this is the best place of JBR
Not to be missed!! This is my second visit to Ramusake and it was just as good as last year! Food is incredible (sashimi pizza and cheese and truffle gyoza were particularly delicious). Staff always accommodating. Because they are often busy (with good reason!) you will need to book in advance if you don't want to be disappointed. Ladies night on a Wednesday is also not to be missed... great music and a good crowd!
Ramusake is an Izakaya style restaurant meaning that it is the Japanese equivalent of a semi casual gastropub. Traditionally speaking, an Izakaya is where friends and work colleagues might get together after work for drinks and relatively cheap food. Ramusake definitely keeps that tradition alive through its laid back setting and sharing style dishes
Their starters range from edamame and miso soup to chicken and ginger gyoza with a massive selection of freshly prepared sushi in-between. Their main courses range from teriyaki salmon and corn fed chicken to the ever so tender glazed black Angus short rib.
Two of their main selling points though, are their very popular weekly brunch, and their affordable daily business lunch package. Both of these are mentioned in detail down below.
Top 5 dishes at Ramusake:
- Spider Roll
- Tuna Sashimi Pizza
- Cheese and Truffle Gyoza
- Glazed Black Angus Short Rib
- Kinako Dougnuts
One of the most popular offerings at Ramusake is their 'Miss Independent' ladies night every Wednesday. The weekly special is set to the tune of live hip hop and RnB music by DJ Adam Graca, where ladies can enjoy free flowing win from 8pm until midnight. So make sure to mark every Wednesday on your calendars, and book in advance as they are fully booked week after week.
Brunch at Ramusake is something else. Every Friday, the Japanese venue holds 'Sake Sessions', a Japanese style brunch, from 1:00pm-6:00pm. For AED 339 guests can enjoy an Izakaya style menu with 3 hours of free flowing drinks set to the tune of live hip hop, funk, and R&B music by their in house DJ.
The brunch menu includes a number of dishes meant for sharing. Beginning with a trio of sharing starters including, edamame, fried pepper squid, and sweet potato fries, the sharing menu will take guests on a culinary journey through high end Japanese cuisine.
The remainder of the brunch includes a sushi platter prepared by the Chef, dumplings, chicken yakitori, grilled beef rump, and grilled sweet corn. The final course, and possibly the most important, is the dessert where a plate of Kinako doughnuts are served.
Ramusake on average will set you back AED 400 for two people. This is under the assumption that you order two appetizers, two main courses, two drinks, and a dessert. To give an example, their miso soup costs AED 20, their chicken and ginger gyoza costs AED 45, and their salmon teriyaki costs AED 85.
For those looking to save money at Ramusake, they offer a daily lunch special that is inclusive of edamame, miso soup, mixed leaf salad, a main course, dessert, and a serving of Sake for only AED 99 per person.
Arriving by public transportation?
Here's how much it'll cost you to Ramusake from various points around Dubai by taxi.
From Downtown Dubai: AED 50
From Dubai Marina: AED 3 (Minimum is AED 12)
From Mirdif: AED 83
From Deira: AED 67
From Jumeirah: AED 44
From Motor City: AED 38
Ramusake is a higher end Japanese restaurant, and as such it is recommended to be dressed in at least smart casual attire. Seeing as the restaurant also doubles as a lounge, it is not uncommon to see guests dressed in fancy attire.