OKKU Wins Big at Caterer Middle East Awards 2012
Home-grown Dubai venue claims four top accolades and commendation for restaurant, chef and bar categories
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 30th September 2012; OKKU Luxury Japanese Restaurant and Lounge wins big for the second year in a row after claiming four of the most prestigious accolades at the recent Caterer Middle East Awards 2012 - ‘Restaurant of the Year,’ ‘Chef of the Year,’ ‘Sommelier of the Year,’ ‘Bar of the Year’ and a ‘Highly Commended Bartender of the Year’.
Recognised as the leading industry awards in the Middle East, the individual categories are judged by a panel of industry experts looking for exceptional growth, innovation, development and individual skills.
Speaking about OKKU’s success, Co-Founder Markus Thesleff said; “Since we launched in 2009 the emphasis has been on constantly evolving and improving on every aspect of the venue from food to service to skill. It is testament to the effort of the whole team that we have been recognized for a second year as the leading restaurant and bar, as well as the individual awards for our incredible Executive Chef Hugh Sato Gardiner and talented Head Sommelier Garth Beer.
“We have proved that it is possible to create a home-grown brand that can stand up against the biggest international restaurants in terms of food, service and quality. This is reinforced by the fact that we are just about to launch our new flagship, OKKU London, in a city that is recognized as an epicentre of exceptional hospitality and dining.”
OKKU Founders Markus and Ramzy Abdul-Majeed bucked the trend by developing the brand locally with a cuisine that is known to be one of the most challenging instead of importing an already established international venue.
“We are proud of what we have achieved and are very grateful to the awards team for recognizing and believing in what we have accomplished to date. This sort of result helps keep the team motivated as we know that we are moving in the right direction and will continue to grow and improve both locally and internationally,” added Abdul-Majeed.
OKKU will soon launch its London flagship as well as a diffusion concept in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the coming year. Further international expansion is planned for major cities including Casablanca, Las Vegas and Mumbai.
About OKKU Luxury Japanese Restaurant | Lounge
OKKU, the award-winning* Luxury Japanese Restaurant and Lounge, serves up unique signature dishes created by celebrity super chefs who have cooked for the Hollywood A-list.
OKKU brings cutting-edge service, style and design, creating an atmosphere that works perfectly for both intimate dining and late night lounge.
Seating over 200 people in three distinctive areas OKKU caters to different experiences; the ultra chic bar, the mezzanine lounge which includes VIP dining rooms, and in the centre the main restaurant with a sushi bar.
The lounge boasts an extensive cocktail menu, a mesmerizing 8-metre jellyquarium and a resident DJ all the way from Miami.
OKKU serves food and drinks on the first floor of The H Hotel Dubai between 12noon and 3pm on weekdays and from 7pm with the lounge and bar open until 3am daily.
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*Awards to date
Restaurant of the Year – Caterer Middle East Awards 2012
Chef of the Year (Standalone) – Caterer Middle East Awards 2012
Bar of the Year – Caterer Middle East Awards 2012
Sommelier of the Year – Caterer Awards Middle East Awards 2012
Highly Commended ‘Bartender of the Year – Caterer Middle East Awards 2012
Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2011 – Ahlan’s Best in Dubai Awards 2011
Restaurant of the Year 2011 – Caterer Middle East Awards 2011
Chef of the Year 2011 – Caterer Middle East Awards 2011
Bartender of the Year 2011 – Caterer Middle East Awards 2011
Highly Commended for Bar of the Year Category – Caterer Middle East Awards 2011
Winner ‘Best Japanese’ 2011 – TimeOut Dubai Restaurant Awards 2011
Highly Commended ‘Business Lunch 2011’ – TimeOut Dubai Restaurant Awards 2011
Small Business Award 2010 – Arabian Business Achievement Awards 2010
Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2010 – Ahlan’s Best in Dubai
Finalist Best Japanese Restaurant 2010 – What’s On Awards 2010
Best Bar 2010 – Caterer Middle East Awards 2010
Highly Commended ‘Best Chef’ – Caterer Middle East Awards 2010
WORLD CLASS UAE Bartender of the Year 2010
‘Highly Commended’ Japanese Category – TimeOut Dubai Restaurant Awards 2010
Winner ‘Black Cod Test’ – What’s On Magazine Survey 2010
Restaurant of the Year 2009 – Caterer Middle East Magazine Awards
Bartender of the Year 2009 – Caterer Middle East Magazine Awards
Best Restaurant 2009 – Timeout Best in Dubai Awards
Best Bartender 2009 – Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka Challenge
Winner “Top 20 Outlet Interiors in the GCC” Caterer Middle East