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Buddha Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai
Best Barfood Winner
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This behemoth of a brand is to high-end pan-Asian cuisine what McDonalds is to the humble burger. And, like the golden-arched fast food conqueror, the reason Buddha Bar has prospered is because it’s actually rather competent at what it does. Rivals may have caught up in terms of boundary-crossing Asian fusion dishes, but not all of them measure up. It’s an unquestionably expensive place yet this doesn’t seem to deter the throngs of people from heading here to enjoy some of the finest sashimi in the city as well as the breathtaking views of the marina through the 20-metre-high glass windows. The other positive attribute is the feel of the place – it’s genuinely cool and as the evening progresses the atmosphere starts steering towards party territory, with a live DJ, in case you fancying sticking around after dinner.
Open Sat-Wed 8pm-2am (last food orders midnight), Thu-Fri 8pm-3am (last food orders 1am). Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, (04 317 6000).

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