A Beirut-born Japanese cuisine and nightlife concept has won our hearts. Join The HUNTR as we present a closer look at Clap Dubai now…
Spread across a fantastically-placed rooftop in DIFC (which just so happens to be the largest in town, too), Clap Dubai is a must-visit for anyone who loves Japanese food, sushi, faultless drinks, epic views, and good vibes.
Complete with an eye-catching chandelier made out of Japanese anime characters (which are also playfully placed on a conveyor belt further inside the restaurant), Clap is as cool as a cucumber. Think strategically-placed mood-enhancing lighting, an inviting open kitchen, a fully licensed bar, and an ‘ongakushitsu’ or ‘music room’.
Of course, in the cooler months, the huge draw here is the outside terrace, which is the largest of its kind in DIFC and has epic views of the twinkling city skyline.
Open daily from 6 pm, Clap Dubai is your dinner spot, your dinner and drinks spot, your drinks spot, your date night spot, your ‘my Instagram will love this’ spot, your ‘meet and mingle’ spot, and more. The HUNTR visited for dinner and drinks.
The best things we tried were the Black Cod, Sea Bass Ceviche, Wagyu Steak, and Miso Banana dessert. Drinks-wise we loved two cocktails – the Talk of The Town and Night Fall. If you want all of the delicious details, read on.
The Black Cod (110AED) comes with baby gem lettuce, foie gras, citrus miso, and fried kadaifi. It is divine. The Salmon Crispy Rice (39AED) with masago and spring onion was also tasty – just make sure you eat it quickly (as it starts to get cold when it cools). The Signature Roll of Crispy Shrimp and Chu Toro (81AED) is a delicious mix of tanuki, spicy mayo, and yuzu truffle dressing. The Clap Salad (45AED) with spinach, kohlrabi, parmesan, yuzu, dried miso, and truffle is fresh and light but perhaps missing a little zest or acidity. The Sea Bass Ceviche (92AED) with coconut milk, mango, amazu, red onion, and coriander was a party of creamy, sour, and sweet flavours. Don’t miss it. Meanwhile, we will be dreaming about the Wagyu Beef Tenderloin (259AED) with hijiki, sweet potato puree, sansho pepper, and teriyaki sauce for weeks to come. And the Crispy Baby Chicken (105AED) with mustard and wasabi dashi comes served on a sizzling plate and is tender and flavourful.
We ended this feast with the Miso Banana (85AED) a date cake with miso caramel & rum ice-cream wrapped in banana leaves – so good and worth every calorie.
Clap is fully licensed and buzzy enough to function as a drinks-only destination. The talented mixologists can create a mouthwatering cocktail or mocktail and there are the usual alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.
Insider tips: Open daily from 6 pm until 2 am. Dress to impress. Advance reservations recommended.