Bone Daddies founder launches first international restaurant

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Bone Daddies founder Ross Shonhan launches Netsu restaurant in Dubai

Related tags: Japanese cuisine, Bone daddies, Casual dining, Dubai

Bone Daddies and Flesh & Buns founder Ross Shonhan has launched his first international restaurant, in Dubai.

A separate entity to the Bone Daddies Group, Netsu is billed as a Warayaki-style Japanese steakhouse and is located within the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira hotel, which opened in February. 

The restaurant offers authentic Japanese cuisine in a contemporary setting. The large two-levelled space has a wood and concrete interior, which leads to a terrace dotted with pools and an outdoor bar.

Netsu - which means 'heat' in Japanese - showcases the Japanese cooking technique of warayaki, which sees chefs finish food using dry straw after cooking over charcoal giving it a flavour and taste reminiscent of campfire cooking.

The menu also features sushi and sashimi and a range of Japanese dishes designed to be shared.

The design is striking, with seemingly gravity-defying gigantic wooden beams balanced on top of each other to create an imposing, topsy-turvy Jenga-like structure, which encloses the restaurant.

Other design element include oversized globe-shaped lighting in glass and Ukiyo-e decorative paintings on the walls "evoking the emotions and grandeur" of Kabuki stage, one of Japan's classic theatrical arts.

The Australian-born former Nobu head chef launched ramen restaurant Bone Daddies in 2012 and has played an important role in establishing London's now booming Japanese casual dining scene.

His portfolio now includes six Bone Daddies restaurants, izakaya-concept Flesh & Buns and western-style-Japanese-food-restaurant Shack-Fuyu. 

Shonhan is one of a large number of successful UK-based restaurateurs and restaurant brands to have opened in the UAE​, including The Galvin Brothers,​ Gordon Ramsay, Jason Atherton, Nathan Outlaw,​ Hakkasan and Burger & Lobster.  

Related topics: Openings, Casual Dining

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