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Downtown Toko
Nominated for Best Business Lunch
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Sydney-born Toko is a genuinely stylish venue with an air of cool about it. The tasteful, wood-heavy interior is understated and yet instantly impressive, subtle details in the design drawing the eye and adding interest at every turn. The outdoor garden to the rear is a beautifully serene space with trickling water features dividing the different seating areas and suspended multi-coloured parasols shielding diners from the sun. And with not a high-rise in sight and the chatter of birds in nearby trees, there’s a real sense of escape from the surrounding city. There are no raucous parties, just couples and larger groups all after the same thing – fantastic Japanese fare, great service (staff are professional, friendly and accommodating) and a relaxed atmosphere.
Dhs265 (with soft drinks), Dhs385 (with house and Japanese rice-based beverages), Dhs525 (with house package and premium bubbly). Fri noon-4pm. Vida Downtown Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, (04 442 8383).

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