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Karma Kafé
Nominated for Best Romantic
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On paper, it would be easy to write Karma Kafé off as a case of style over substance. Situated in Souk Al Bahar, with a terrace overlooking the Dubai Fountain, and a glam lounge club setting inside, you’d expect to be a tourist’s dream serving up Asian bites to party people. But once the fountains cease and the phones are put aside, you can expect to sit down to some of the best Asian food in town. Every dish you’re served is a work of art on a plate, meticulously presented and prepared. But these are modern fusions that taste as colourful as they look on the plate. Sushi is a particular highlight, paying lip-service to the past while offering daring new ingredients, and prices are very competitive for the location. And while Karma Kafé pitches nightlife chic over candlelight and white tablecloths, it’s also a surprisingly romantic venue for a date.
Open Sun-Thu 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat noon-2am. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, Dubai (04 423 0909).

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