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Long one of Dubai’s coolest nocturnal haunts, Okku is a swish, stylish nightspot knocking out excellent food. While the crowds may pour in on Thursday and Friday nights for fancy drinks and moody surroundings, there’s no need to reserve your sampling of this fusion fare only for the weekends. Throughout the week, the restaurant-lounge is open for lunch as well as dinner, with an excellent-value tezukuri lunch, with varying numbers of courses. Try the ebigyoza to start, and stick with the seafood theme for mains – the black cod donburi is delicate yet filling, not to mention fantastically tasty. If you’re just around for nibbles, order the organic salmon carpaccio, with tender slivers of the Scottish fish layered with daikon cress, cherry tomatoes and an intriguing shiso-yuzu pesto. Brilliant service is the icing on the cake – everything’s brought to the table with haste, a beaming smile and even a bit of banter if you let them know you’re in the mood. Okku may be stylish, but it’s not too cool to show you a good time.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 7pm-12.30am; Fri-Sat 7pm-12.30am. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 501 8777).

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