8 Reasons Ramusake Has What It Takes To Be THE Hot Spot Of 2017

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Every now and again a new place opens in Dubai that just gets it right. It has a fresh concept, good location, variety in its offerings and most importantly quality food. Ramusake is such a place. It's Japanese, but think Sake with higher-end Asian food. Think ladies nights in a cool space with the option of a terrace as well. Think fine-dining food and service but at mid-range prices. The vibe, layout and menu all have real Japanese influence but it's so much more - it's almost Tokyo meets New York in a space that you wouldn't have known previously existed. Here are eight reasons why Ramusake is the place to hit up early in 2017. 

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1. Miss independent

The ladies of Dubai are generally on point when it comes to trend setting and spotting places early. I noticed that Ramusake's Wednesday ladies' night at the end of November was completely packed. You will need to make a reservation or get there early. It's a great option for those who want a nice dinner, or those who want to have a free flowing grape until 11pm on the Japanese Garden Terrace. 

2. Weekend lunch time offer

Ramusake might already be known for its ladies night on Wednesdays. However, the venue also has a romantic vibe, with strategic indoor lighting and a dim lit terrace; it’s a great date option and the perfect Valentines night spot. Personally, I went there for a business lunch. We ended up spending three hours over lunch having an end of year business meeting. It was so comfortable that we didn't want to leave!

There is a broad menu selection to choose from and the food is served in a ‘sharing style’; a concept known as Izakaya in Japanese. The food arrives presented beautifully; with some placed on a stone slab and sushi platters arriving on a bed of ice decorated with a bamboo center piece adorned with flowers.

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3. Sake Sessions

For those who want an alternative to brunch on Friday afternoon, Sake Sessions is the place for you. The entertainment element is provided by guest DJ Paul who will be spinning out deep house tracks easing you in to the evening. The a la carte menu is available until 5pm and a beverage package (think free-flowing select beverages) can be bought for AED 250 for three hours.

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4. Funked Up Fridays

Right after 'Sake Sessions', Ramusake gears up for 'Funked Up Fridays' at 8pm. Expect a night with live entertainment by Laura Lopez. Not a bad option if you've spent the day at the beach or just want a cool place to go out on a Friday night.

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5. Sake collection and inventive cocktails

What you'll notice at Ramusake is just how versatile sake is as a base, and just how Instagrammable those cocktails and mocktails are! You'll find drinks on the menu like 'Horin Junmai Dainji' and 'Bride of the Fox Junmai Ginjo'. But don't worry about being confused, the mixologists at Ramusake are masterfully trained and will explain all. 

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6. Extensive menu with signature favorites tuna sashimi pizza, cheese and truffle gyoza, chilli J dog

Ramusake is starting the new season with a menu dedicated to those treading the healthier path. Options include vegan fruit ceviche served with cashew nut ricotta and spicy ponzu as well as braised artichokes and truffled leeks with yuzu tomato salsa. If you prefer a hot starter, there's the dashi poached sunchokes with wafu dressing and sunchoke crisps. 

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7. The general manager was voted at Top 30 Stars of 2016

Eduardo is originally from Brazil and he ads a touch of flair to Ramusake. He spent most of his working life in the hotspots of New York city, and this place seems to have that NYC vibe about it aswell. Keep up the good work Eduardo and team, we will definitely be coming back in 2017!

8. Ramusake has a birds eye view of Dubai Eye, one of the most anticipated new projects set to open in 2017!

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Richard Fitzgerald

Rich is a media fiend who hasn't been seen without an iPhone in hand since 2007. With a passion for all things health and fitness, what he lacks in hair he more than makes up for in creativity. As the founder of Lovin Dubai, he's our fearless leader.