Ikigai, A Casual Izakaya-Inspired Restaurant

by Johnsen Villavelez

Inspired by Japan’s famous street taverns, where the beer is always cold and the food is full of flavour, Ikigai brings authentic Asian cuisine with delicious twists. Partnering with The First Group, chef and restaurateur Reif Othman’s new concept restaurant is “Japan on a plate”, offering a menu inspired by the street-chic food of izakaya. Apart from that, Ikigai is where the dining experience is drawn by Japan’s izakaya culture (informal bar food; sharing plates). Its name means (“a reason for being” in Japanese) and is located in the Millennium Place Marina Hotel in Dubai Marina. Ikigai is where friends come to reconnect over good Japanese soul food. If the guests need a pick-me-up after a long day or to catch up with friends on a chilled Saturday afternoon, Ikigia’s goal is to make every diner feel at home from the moment they arrive.

The venue includes an open space with plenty of casual seating and an open sushi bar. There is also a cosy outdoor setting for cooler days. The decor is trendy, with huge eye-catching murals on the walls. Ikigai’s artistic interiors are funky and chic, while the ambience is laidback partly due to intricate wooden interiors, mood lighting, and graffiti murals. On the other hand, acclaimed chef Reif Othman – who has been at the helm of an array of impressive restaurants such as Zuma, Play and Billionaire Mansion – provides an authentic taste to the Ikigai menu. While head chef Minho Ted Shin brings a fresh, edgy, and unique take on the Japanese culinary scene in Dubai. From grilled tiger prawns with Kombu butter to crispy tempura burgers, Ikigai’s menu gives diners the chance to sample Japanese influenced dishes with mix-and-match plates ideal for sharing.

On the menu, there are dishes inspired by Japanese street food and “izakaya” dishes (from grilled tiger prawns with Kombu butter to crispy tempura burgers) along with an equally impressive drinks menu – which can be enjoyed indoors or on the terrace. It is filled with various eclectic Japanese food-from snacks, tacos, salads, mains and burgers. Everything is for great sharing. According to a review from the raw section, the wagyu beef tatami with Goma truffle sauce and the hamachi with citrus and white ponzu are delectable and have distinct flavours that bring out the best in both the meat and fish. Its best-seller menus are Chicken thigh kushiyaki, yakitori sauce; Aged wagyu kushiyaki, chilli miso soy; Stir-fried spicy ramen; Scottish salmon, teriyaki; Wagyu beef hot pot, kagayaki rice, onsen egg, and Vegetable hot pot baby enoki, mungbean sprout. Please click here to view its complete menu and details.

Every Sunday, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 am, Ikigai offers Unlimited Sushi, Sake & Wine. Tokyo Mix Brunch is also available every Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Guests can enjoy sharing-style starters, desserts and a choice of main. Apart from this, guests can enjoy a free-flowing wine, spirits & cocktails, and a three-course menu every Wednesday from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm in their Iku Iku. Ikigai is more famous for its Kanpai Happy Hour, A  wine, cocktails, and beer party-starting from 5:00 pm to 8:00 every Monday to Friday. Please click here to view the complete list of special offers and the price.

Timings: 
Sun – Fri: 17:00 – 01:00
Sat: 13:00 – 01:00

Contact:
Ikigai Resto Bar
1st Floor, Millennium Place Marina Hotel,
Al Marsa Street, Dubai Marina
Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Tel:+971 4 550 8114
Web: https://www.ikigaidubai.ae/#top

Photo courtesy: https://www.ikigaidubai.ae/#top

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