Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA the past couple of weeks on here guys. Our trip to Mauritius, work and life kind of took over but I’m back and will be getting a few new posts out ASAP, including one on the Lux Belle Mare which a bunch of you have been asking about.
But first things first let’s talk Ramusake… It was date night last Thursday and we decided to go out and have our first Iftar this Ramadan. After a week’s all-inclusive holiday and filling my proverbial boots I couldn’t face anything heavy so whilst scrolling through Instagram looking for inspo I noticed Ramusake were offering a 4 course Iftar for 199 AED so we decided to give it a whirl. I can tell you right now we were not disappointed and I’ve recommended it to so many people since I think it’s such a fantastic deal.
If you haven’t been to Ramusake (located in the Doubletree in JBR), it’s a funky, dark Japanese restaurant with some serious vibes going on. We got there just before 8pm and the place was already pretty packed. I’d been previously but this was a first visit for my husband and he was pleasantly surprised. He was expecting a white tablecloth, fine-dining restaurant but Ramusake is nothing like this. It’s rustic and cool and could easily be an underground restaurant you’d find in Soho or Shoreditch.
Onto the food… and we began with miso soup, salted edamame, mint leaf salad and tuna sashimi pizza. All nice and light and pretty healthy options. Even the pizza isn’t really pizza but more like a thin crispbread (see how I’m trying to justify it) topped with tuna, truffle cream cheese and wasabi tobiko. It was a small bite but seriously tasty!
Our next course swiftly followed and we were treated to a delicious selection of beautiful sushi and sashimi. Again the tuna won out and was my ultimate fave on the platter but everything was divine and super fresh. Several gyoza dishes also formed part of this course. The salted olive dumplings were different but perhaps not quite my taste, the chicken and ginger however hit all the right notes whilst the prawn and shitake was equally sublime.
The third course was a bit like a main course with 2 large plates and a couple of sides. The steamed seabass with yuzu miso was actually pretty large, perfectly cooked, succulent and full of flavour. The barley miso chicken was nice but could have done with a bit more depth for me or even a little spice. The crispy sprouts that came as a side dish were so tasty – who knew you could make sprouts that good?! And the Hijiki and apple salad was unlike anything I’ve ever had before. I would LOVE to know how to make this dish at home. If you don’t try the Iftar and go a la carte be sure to order this on the side.
Finally after all that it was time for dessert and we were brought a small plate with a Kinako Doughnut each. It wasn’t huge but just the perfect bite-sized amount so we got a little hit of sweet without it pushing us overboard after all the other dishes.
I have to say that for 199 AED the amount of beautiful food included on the Iftar menu at Ramusake is insane. I loved the variety and the fact that we got to try several dishes that I probably wouldn’t have ordered myself. There’s only a week and a half left of Ramadan so I would strongly recommend you get booking a table there. I may even be back next week as have friends who are keen to give it a whirl.
For more information visit: http://ramusake.ae/ or call +971 4 5595 300