RUKA – Japanese at its best. Ramee Guestline @ Juhu being transformed completely.
Ruka First , R-Adda and presume Rock Bottom under renovation.
Have been trying some amazing Sushi’s over the last 6 months or so – but undoubtedly without any hesitation would rate RUKA the best. As far as the ambience goes – its chic/class spacious with a Brilliant Sushi Bar and an equally well stocked Cocktail bar.
Some of the Cocktails served at Ruka are award winning and a must try for example :
Star Legacy – Best cocktail in Bacardi competition in Mumbai 2016. Perfectly balanced , star anise , basil leaf , a hint of lime , Richard , Bacardi a dash of sugar topped with smoke. Mind blowing.
French 1991 – again a winner in Bahrain 2014 , This one is a saffron infused gin , with lime , peach syrup whole egg Jerry Thomas bitters , fennel air.
Coming to the food :
SEASONAL MIXED SALAD – i would personally rate this as one of the best i have had till date. Colourful , fantastic presentation , crispy leaves , asparagus , cucumber , carrots cherry tomatoes. The highlight was the seasoning used – Maple and sesame dressing . Great combination and perfect. It’s a MUST MUST order dish at RUKA.
Dumplings are exceptional here – tried a couple in Vegetarian an a Non Veg.
Served Piping Hot
Edamame and Truffle – Amazing , Truffle Oil Gyoza ( Aroma at its best ) nice balance of Edamame and water chestnut . melts in the mouth. Wow.
Spinach , Chestnut and Date – another winner of a dish served with Wafu sauce. ( Wafu dressing ” Japanese style dressing ) is a Vinaigrette – type a mix of soy , rice , vinegar mirin and oil. perfect.
Prawns and Black Beans – Nicely minced prawns wrapped in spinach with a black bean sauce. Got that peppery taste and a bit of garlicky touch.
Spicy Chicken Gyoza – correct balance of spices , minced chicken , nice filling ..good.
SUSHI : Served with Soya and Wasabi.
California Maki Roll – Crap it was , and i don’t have it but tried , lovely ! They make the sushi so well its amazing , correct balance of avocado/cucumber/tobico and mayo. Tobico again is an art. Japanese name of frying fish roe and widely used in sushi. eggs basically ranging from 0.5 to 0.8 mm and how well the sushi master has created this dish ! Hats off.
Tempura Maki Roll – this was just amazing , the crispiness from the Tenkasu and balance of prawns and the Vinagered rice with avocado was amazing.. The crispiness comes from Tenkasu – crunchy bits of deep fried flour battered. also called Agedama.
Crispy and Spicy Avocado – this is by far the best sushi i have had Vegetation . Birds eye chilli on top of each sushi gives that spicy Hit – absolutely amazing. Avocado with cucumber ginger and chilli mayo in rice roll. NAILED !
Prawns Tempura – lovely presentation , light crispy melts in the mouth. served with Soya Broth. Again a winner by miles.
SKEWERED CHICKEN & SCALLIONS – Marinated and glazed with Yakitori sauce. Yakitori is grilled chicken dipped in teriyaki like sauce. Basically a very popular appetizer at the yakitori bar- type restaurants in Japan. Nicely done dish , nice texture and a good balance of soy sauce/sugar/sake/mirin.
Carrot and Daikon Cake ( vegetarian ) many of the restaurants call it Turnip cake. It’s a Chinese dim sum. Deep fried potato topped with garlic which gave that distinct taste and scallions with a few bird eye chiili giving that spicy kick to the dish. Yum.
Udon Noodles with Chilli Garlic Sauce – Its type of a thick wheat noodles of Japanese cuisine. To have this with bell pepper sprouts scallions chilies and garlic was amazing. Simple yet classy .A bit on spicy and garlicky side with a hint of soya.
Agedashi Tofu – its a Japanese way to serve tofu. Silken firm tofu , cut into cubes with soya sauce veggies like bell pepper , asparagus went well , a bit spicy went well with Udon.
Philadelphia Cheese Cake – one of the best i have had , try it out. soft , served with raspberry granita and ginger ice cream balancing the flavour.
Popcorn Sunday – Not explaining this , but undoubtedly one of the best desserts i have had ( pic uploaded )
Overall – F A N T A S T I C
Service – Precise . Full Praise to the team and Specially Dinesh who was looking after us . Kudos to Ruka – Keep Rocking !!