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Dubai Restaurants

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Ramusake
DoubleTree by Hilton, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Along with Blue Jade and not surprisingly Zuma, Ramusake is a favorite Japanese restaurant in Dubai. Part of the surge of restaurants that have come to JBR in the last year or so, Ramsuake is on the Hilton property at the end of the strip (where the seafood spot, The Main, is located, too). Loosely izakaya-style dining, the Ramusake menu is a mix of shareable plates, including robata meat dishes (i.e miso-brined baby chicken with jalapeno, steamed sea bass, Wagyu beef), sushi, dumplings, and salads. The interior is handsome, all dark wood, with an enticing bar, and additional seating on the patio outside.
The Main
Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence
This bar and grill, which operates out of a hotel garage, is run by Montreal native Joey Ghazal, who's attempting to create a casual, laid-back vibe that's unlike anything else you can find in Dubai. Unsurprisingly, Dubai’s younger crowd are on-board with the concept—you'll routinely find them bellied up to the extra long bar sipping on hipster cocktails. The family-style menu features all the brasserie standards, including a three-tier seafood tower, and there's a pages-long cigar menu, too.
Zuma
Gate Village, Dubai International Finance Centre
A few years ago, it felt like nobody could stop talking about Zuma. Sometimes too much hype can turn you off a restaurant, but that’s not the case here. More than ten years after the original London opening, with locations in what seems like every major city, it's still one of the best meals anywhere. Tokyo-based interior designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu (who's done several Zumas) differentiates Zuma Dubai, which sits within the Dubai International Financial Centre, with a massive bamboo sculpture suspended from 450 delicate wires.
Intersect by Lexus
Gate Village, Dubai International Finance Centre
Located in DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre, the "free zone" where companies can be set up without the requirement of a local partner), Intersect is an ideal meeting spot if you're in Dubai on business, but also just a nice cafe for coffee and a snack if you're in the area to check out one of DIFC's galleries or do a little shopping. Outside of Friday brunch (Dubai's Saturday), the focus is on weekday lunch—salads, soups, meat mains—with breakfast being more of a light pastry affair. Developed by Wonderwall's Masamichi Katayama, Intersect is set up like a library cafe—the walls are lined with bookshelves—and there are Lexus touches throughout, mostly subtle, and possible to miss—i.e. the leather couches are the same leather as you'll find in the cars. (Downstairs, in "the garage," is the less subtle homage to Lexus, where a flashy concept car is stationed. The tiny model cars placed into the glass walls lining the adjacent bathroom corridor are a fun touch.)
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