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Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar
Highly Commended for Best Romantic
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To its credit, the Karma Kafe dining experience has undergone some dramatic improvements in the past year. Whereas in the past staff have had a reputation for appearing harassed and at times outright discourteous, today it’s hard to feel more welcome. Sit indoors and soak up the funky lounge atmosphere and music from the live DJ, or head out onto the cosily-decorated terrace to catch the impressive Dubai Fountain; either way, it’s an ideal spot for wowing guests. Naturally, such surroundings come with a price tag – although with little disparity between the sizes of the appetisers and main courses, particularly the moreish beef and truffle gyoza, it’s possible to be spend-savvy about your meal. There’s a focus on Japanese cuisine, but you can dine all over Asia in one sitting, and we particularly recommend the Chinese-style duck rolls, Thai calamari and deliciously tender seared wagyu beef.
Open daily noon-2am. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, (04 423 0909).

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