The Top 5 Places to Sip Sake in Dubai

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Who doesn’t enjoy the smooth and silky texture of a Japanese sake? This elegant elixir is made from a delicate combination of rice and water. It is said that the water used is very important in order to make good sake which is why many Japanese breweries are located near the best spring water. The rice is washed, soaked, steamed and cooled and then fermentation begins by adding koji rice. Served either hot or cold, sake is the perfect accompaniment to any Japanese meal. Check out the following top 5 places to get your sake in Dubai.

1 Zuma

Influenced by the informal dining style of the Japanese Izakayas, Zuma combines tradition with contemporary elegance. One of the most popular evening spots in all of Dubai, Zuma's enticing culinary specialties are best enjoyed with a sophisticated flask of sake. Zuma recommends the following:  Tosatsuru "Azure" Ginjo made with Pacific Ocean deep sea spring water (most sakes are made with normal water), a light dry sake with intense flavour and notes of anise; Zuma Daiginjo which is exclusively bottled for Zuma by Ikemoto Shuzo, a rich, rounded and complex sake with delicate toffee character which comes from Lake Shigawa; and Dassai 50, Junmai Daiginjo, the restaurant's most popular sake, it boasts a graceful aroma, well-rounded flavor and a subtle sweetness.


04 425 5660

2 Nobu

Book yourself into a private room at Nobu and enjoy awarding-wining food and excellent sake prepared under the guidance of Chef Matsuhisa. Designed by David Rockwell, this intimate space features glowing sake bottles aligning the walls. There is also a sushi bar and a lounge, other classy places where you can enjoy your sake.

Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah

04 426 2626

3 Kisaku

Located on the top floor of Al Khaleej Palace Hotel in Deira, you will spot many Japanese at this restaurant attesting to its great quality. Perhaps some of the freshest Japanese ingredients to be had in town, enjoy your meal with a fine selection of sakes.


04 223 1000

4 Okku

Uber-trendy Okku restaurant features a fine selection of Japanese cuisine, hip music and of course, delicious sake. The restaurant seats over 200 guests in three distinctive areas caterting to different experiences: The ultra chic Bar and Lounge, the mezzanine sake bar which includes 3 VIP dining rooms, and in the main restaurant. Okku promises a glamorous crowd, delicious cuisine, and very fun evening.

The Monarch Hotel

04 501 8777

5 Kiku

You'll spot an abundance of business men at this Japanese joint located in Le Meridien, Garhoud. The place is minimalist in decor and contemporary in style with blond wood finishing and bonsai trees on each table. Wrap up your day with a nice sake combined with a delicious seafood salad or teppanyaki menu.

The Meridien, Garhoud

04 702 2703

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