About Tanuki

Tanuki is a gateway to a unique Asian culinary experience in the heart of Dubai, serving dishes and drinks inspired by the Japanese, Chinese, and cuisines from all over Asia. Located on the ever-bustling Dubai Mall downtown, our Dubai restaurant is hailed by both critics and customers alike as one of the best places to enjoy Asian fusion dishes and high quality ingredients in Dubai.

With a menu thoughtfully curated and seasonally updated, Tanuki features sushi, sashimi, dim sum, and signature hot and cold Asian fusion dishes all created with a contemporary approach in preparation and presentation.

Inspired by a Japanese raccoon dog, known as Tanuki, that carries great folkloric significance, we believe that we can bring the myth of happiness and good fortune behind this gullible, yet also sometimes mischievous animal to life with the right combination of food, fun, and atmosphere.


Located in Dubai, our restaurant’s menu features sushi, dim sum and many other signature dishes showcasing Chinese, Japanese, South Asian cuisine and more. Our Dubai restaurant stays true to Asian cultural and culinary influences and uses only high quality ingredients. Our unique, soul-soothing cuisine is here to bring friends and families together, to satiate your hunger, and deliver something entirely new to your senses.

Asian food is considered to be more than just a burst of flavors. It is endowed with many philosophies, sayings, etiquettes, and beliefs, where a well-balanced diet of meat, rice, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and spices is essential to make a person fully appreciate the taste of food and life.

Peruse our menu, then come in to experience our Dubai restaurant and let us cook for you!

The Figure

Tanuki is a magical shape-shifting raccoon-fox with an interest in encouraging generosity and cheerfulness among winners and diners. Boasting supernatural powers, he has reformed from his mischievous tendencies into a benevolent rascal that represents good luck, prosperity and success. Tanuki figures are found throughout Japan, especially in and around restaurants where they beckon drinkers and diners to enter and enjoy life through food and beverage. As a fun-loving figure, good fortune is denoted through his specific traits including:

  • A big belly, signifying bold and calm decision-making
  • A big tail, symbolizing steadiness and strength
  • Big eyes, indicating the capability to judge the environment and make good decisions
  • A structured hat, representing readiness and protection against the bad weather/bad times
  • A friendly smile, offering a friendly attitude toward customers

Dubai Mall Level Ground,
downtown Dubai

+971 (04) 580 8228
Sunday - Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 Đ°m