Inakaya restaurant in Abu Dhabi by Stickman Design offers Japanese minimalism

Inakaya.

With its large theatrical show kitchen with massive robata grills and fresh ingredients on display, Stickman Design, an international Dubai-based boutique interior design consultancy, has created a contemporary and slick interior that respects the traditional nature of Japanese cuisine.

2,000 original sake bottles hang from the ceiling.

2,000 original sake bottles hang from the ceiling.

The first Inakaya restaurant opened its doors in the heart of Roppongy Tokyo, Japan in 1970. The very successful restaurant then expanded to open a branch in yet another signature location in Manhattan, New York.

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For a renowned brand, the restaurant design needed to meet high expectations and be tailored to showcase the outlet’s offerings. The client brief was to create a stand-alone Japanese restaurant in line with the brand concept that originated in Tokyo and New York. The restaurant has a very strong USP given the cuisine and the style of service, and is destined to be an authentic Japanese restaurant and bar with a timeless modern interior.

Efficient utilisation of space was required considering small overall area.

Efficient utilisation of space was required considering small overall area.

“Abu Dhabi National Hotels wanted to bring the well-renowned brand of Inakaya NY and Tokyo, known for its high expectations, to the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Abu Dhabi,” explains Marcos Cain, director and co-founder of Stickman. “The design features a live show kitchen set behind its iconic long dining counter where guests receive their dish on a long timber paddle handed to them by the chef himself, another lovely Inakaya signature.”

Cain explains that having an authentic Japanese robata grill in the heart of Abu Dhabi was a strong enough concept to draw people in.

The brand concept originated in Tokyo.

The brand concept originated in Tokyo.

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