A funky joint with stylish presentation but little vibe
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Time Out Says

On its website, Wakame describes itself as “the hottest place in town”, but in reality it’s rarely more than lukewarm. It’s a stylish venue with modern décor and sleek furnishings, and it has a nice bar area, too.

However, whenever we’ve eaten here it’s too quiet to enjoy fully. Sometimes you can still enjoy yourself in an empty venue, but here staff go from the extremes of fawning all over you and hovering around the table to being absent just when you actually need them. It’s a shame, because the food at Wakame is mostly very good.

There are unusual dishes that pique the interest on the menu, such as the lobster taco with yuzu guacamole or the crispy Japanese aubergine with burrata, and everything that comes out of the kitchen looks great. We absolutely recommend trying a few dim sum; the chicken soup dumpling being a favourite of ours. The steamed bao buns are also worth investigating, especially the lamb shoulder. Main courses are surprisingly pricey, especially compared to the starters and small plates, but there are some fine cuts of wagyu and other expensive ingredients on there.

If busy, Wakame could be great fun. If you do head here, we reckon a table full of small plates to share is the best way to go.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 05 Jun 2018

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