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Yuraku is the city’s first ‘izakaya’, a casual, bar-oriented style of dining rarely seen outside of Japan. The fun, colourful venue is divided into three spaces: a long strip of seating lining the bar, a more classic ‘dining space’ style setup, and a corridor of private karaoke rooms that look ever-so-slightly dated, but to quirky, ambient effect. The menu is characterised by intriguing continental-Japanese fusion and, unusually for any menu in Dubai, a section of vegetarian specials. The tofu, tomato, radish and cucumber salad has a good sesame flavour, but the dressing is a little too creamy and mayonnaise-like for our liking. The soft-shell crab tempura, however, featured a little cross-Asian fusion and was highly enjoyable, with unusually juicy flesh encased amid the crunchy legs. For those willing to experiment and discover some clever gems on the menu, Yuraku could combine for a fun night out.
Open Mon-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sun 8pm-2am. Licensed. Credit cards accepted. Asiana Hotel, Deira (04 238 7777).
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