Until a few years ago, India’s love for Japanese was largely restricted to Made in Japan electronic goods for its superior quality and durability. People have lately started realizing that Japanese meticulousness is not just limited to electronic goods alone and when it comes to food, Japanese cooking demands finesse in taste and presentation.
Ruka, originally from Bahrain and now with a second restaurant in Mumbai, is the latest addition to an array of Japanese restaurants in the city.
Ruka has dedicated sections for lounge and restaurant. With a big glass facade, the lounge has well lit, contemporary and lively ambiance while the restaurant section with dimly lit ambiance wears a classy look.
We started with Japanese Mule and Berry Ice Tea to ease the effect of the afternoon heat.
Presented in a barrel-shaped glass and garnished with fresh gingers and basil, the taste of Japanese Mule is dominated by ginger and is a blend of apple juice, orgeat syrup and yuzu juice.
Berry Ice Tea was an indistinguishable blend of strawberry, blueberry and cranberry with jasmine ice tea.
Sushi is perhaps the most consumed Japanese food or in other words, for a non-Japanese, the introduction to Japanese cuisine starts with Sushis. Although this was not the first time experience but thanks to the staff @ Ruka, we got our 101 on sushi eating only to discover the right way of getting the best of the savory preparation.
Sushis are most likely served with wasabi paste (made from wasabi plant) and pickled ginger. Wasabi is supposed to be mixed with soy sauce. Just a tiny dip of sushi in this mixture enhances the flavour to a great extent. Having a piece of pickled ginger post sushi serves as a flavour enhancer and palate cleanser to get the best taste of the next sushi.
Sushi is always eaten in a single piece and that’s were chopsticks come handy. Having sushi like finger-food is perfectly acceptable alternate otherwise.
Not to mention the Crispy Spicy Avocado Maki Roll we had was a great combination of avocado, cucumber and was served with chilli mayo.
Carrot and Daikon Cake
The Carrot and Daikon Cake was a heap of deep fried crispy layered cakes with a filling of daikon and sprinkled with garlic and green onions.
Edamame Fried Rice with Steamed Vegetables
Spicy Edamame Fried rice with a generous quantity of green edamame beans was star dish of the meal. On its own or combined with Steamed Assorted Vegetables the fried rice had and exceptional taste.
In desserts, the choices were quite limited especially if fruit desserts are excluded. Willing to try something different, we ended up with Green Tea and Banana Cake which came with toffee sauce and banana ice-cream. The unusual combination of green tea and banana flavours in a cake was pleasantly satisfactory.
Surprisingly none of the dishes disappoint us and we would surely love to try other dishes on our next visit. Prices make this a special occasion place but are justified considering the elegant ambiance, good service and exceptional food in taste and quality.
Recommended: Spicy Edamame Fried Rice and Steamed Assorted Vegetables
If you have a recommendation on something we should try on our next visit to Ruka, kindly drop a comment below.