A great deal of new life has been breathed into The Walk over the past year. Since Tr!beca opened its doors and showed Dubai its New York-inspired décor, we’ve seen JB’s and Ten Street pop up and Stereo Arcade and The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill open in the DoubleTree by Hilton.
The same hotel now has two more venues, Scottish bar Copper Dog and Japanese restaurant Ramusake. We’re at the latter to see how it fits into the city’s strong Japanese game, and first impressions are good. It’s a dimly lit venue with graffiti-style art on the walls. It feels edgy and is filled with a well-heeled set, so make sure you’re not too casually dressed.
The menu takes in robata grills, sushi rolls and skewers and everything sounds great – from the more unusual (the sashimi pizza, pictured) to the familiar (volcano rolls).
We choose the latter and love the jalapeno mayo that tops the soft-shell crab-filled maki. Our sashimi platter is as fresh as can be, and is presented well (the pick of the catch is the scallop). The foie gras and barbecue eel maki feels indulgent, but the combination of smoky eel and rich foie gras is tough to beat.
The black cod is very good, too, but the tiger prawns are our favourite. They’re presented in the shell of what must have been a huge crustacean, and they’re meaty and zesty from the yuzu kosho sauce.
It’s all pretty much perfect and when we get the bill, it feels like good value, too, considering the quantity and quality of what we’ve eaten.
Making you walk through the bar on the way to the dining room is a neat trick, as it’s a place we want to linger in after eating. The restaurant has quite a buzz; this isn’t stuffy fine-dining, but a great place to chat and catch up over a very decent meal.
The Bill (for two) 1x edamame Dhs35 1x foie gas and eel maki Dhs85 1x sashimi selection Dhs120 1x volcano roll Dhs75 1x black cod Dhs160 1x tiger prawns Dhs90 1x voss water Dhs30 Total (excluding service) Dhs 595
The Bottom Line Ramusake is attracting a hip crowd but the food is worth the attention.