by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on May 20th, 2016


Explore a feast of contemporary Asian inspired cuisine with a stylish edge whilst sipping on innovative beverages hand-crafted from seasonal fruits and fine spirits. Delight in the warm and attentive service, knowing you are in the hottest place in town.

​The Wakame culinary experience explores the tastes and traditions of Asia with a menu prepared by their masterful team of expert chefs and set within a contemporary yet evocatively inviting space located within the Sofitel Downtown Dubai.

Anchored around the sushi and dim sum counters that immediately catch the eye upon entering, imaginations will wander towards the Far East watching our chefs work with the freshest authentic produce, culminating in a range of signature dishes using traditional techniques and ingredients reflecting the best of Asia. Dining at Wakame will evoke all five senses, introducing an exciting combination of textures and flavors, from small sharing plates to large plates and exquisite desserts.

With their dedicated bar area, they offer an exuberant selection of beverages, each of which yields its own unique story. The resident DJ will set the mood for after hours socializing, with our service reflecting true Asian hospitality; promising guests a truly unforgettable experience!


Sadly, Wakame to us was unheard of because living in JLT, you kind of ponder around that side of the town till something like this presents itself to us! So fortunately, Zomato decided to gift us a voucher worth AED 150/- to go and try out this swanky new place! Jumped on the opportunity solely because it is an Asian place and we could check this one more fine dine oriental place off our list which is basically to consume Asian food wherever its available! 

The Ambiance

​Chic, woody and elegant is what we felt when we entered Wakame on a Tuesday night for dinner! We had some high expectations anyways, since its located in the beautiful Sofitel in Downtown, and this restaurant did not disappoint on its exquisite-ness! The area is huge and spread out and one thing we really appreciated was the fact that the tables weren’t placed too close to each other, maintaining some privacy and not giving out a feel of being seated at a community table! The lighting is dim making it a very intimate and romantic almost setting! However i know of a few people who absolutely may find this very lighting a hindrance to their overall experience at Wakame, but not us! Huge chandeliers and the fact that they had a divided space for a huge group added to the alluring aspect of this place.

The Food

​The food:They have an extensive menu for the drinks and the food as well! We, didn’t want to experiment much so despite of being tempted with varieties of sake and champagne available we chose our usuals scotch on the rocks for me and vodka soda for the lady! After a couple of drinks and a long debate about something at work we were finally ready to decide on the food and since wifey is allergic to all kinds of seafood we stuck to the poultry section, realising the menu had limited choice in comparison to the sushi and the seafood! The discrepancy although big enough, will still leave you with some “all time favs”, that you don’t mind ordering, so without wasting a second we unanimously decided to have:

The Wagyu Sliders:
Beautiful. It was a pair of sliders with a side salad and it was one of the best wagyu sliders we’ve had! The beef was cooked perfectly to medium well like we had asked and was seasoned appropriately and the truffle mayo that was slathered on it just added to the perfection as a blend of meat and sauce in a burger! We literally inhaled these in 5 seconds! And tried HARD not to immediately call for another one.
​Chicken and Ginger Dim Sums: 
I stayed out of this, because I’m not generally into steamed stuff and don’t particularly enjoy eating dim sums, but my wife loves them and as i had suspected, it invariably ends up becoming her favourite food for the night! And rightly so, because they made sure the chicken was full of flavour yet remained succulent with a thin skin around it and was steamed delicately! She could replace Po with her undying love for dim-sums i feel (a kung-fu panda reference, for the ignorant ones) 
Crispy Duck:
Last and the most delectable dish of the evening! I must confess, it was my first time eating it and the reason we even ordered it was because my wife loves it and she almost shrieked to joy when she saw that on the menu! So from the time it arrived to the process of filling each pancake with the cucumber, spring onion, oh-so juicy duck and plum sauce, I heard everything about this famous dish from Beijing also popularly known as Pecking Duck! And i think i get the fuss around it because its so simple yet so diverse with its flavours in every bite! Such kind of layering in food without making it too complicated is always a welcome thing!

The Service

On point and very well trained staff. We forgot the name of our server, but she was incredibly sweet and patient and kept checking on us time to time if we needed anything! Did everything from noting down specifications/customizations precisely to making sure she was well aware of our food allergies. Cant complain!


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About AED200-250 Per PAX

Asian, Sushi

Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Level 3, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Dubai


​We loved our time at Wakame and we loved the food there even though it was on the slightly pricey side! It’s an experience not to be missed and the good thing is they have entertainer vouchers too, so more bang for your buck! Absolutely, go try it..
​Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) love food. It's the only thing they eat. They embark on a unique adventure every evening trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out our various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.

Posted in Food ~ The Tasterpreneur    Tagged with wakame, downtown, fine dining, exclusive, sushi


Namrata - May 22nd, 2016 at 8:23 AM
Lights are way too dim for my liking.

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