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Downtown Toko
Nominated for Best Japanese
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Toko ticks every box. The setting is fantastic, with a stylish, atmospheric garden area, as well as a quieter indoor space in view of the open kitchen. The ambience suits the decor; there is a buzz about the place and it is clearly a hit with the beautiful people of Dubai. Staff are swift and friendly and the food is superb. The flavours, imaginative ingredients and quality of produce are hugely impressive as is the range of dishes on the menu. There are many sushi and sashimi options, as well as tempura (try the huge prawns with dashi broth), meat and fish dishes. The miso salmon is a house favourite, but try the Alaskan crab as well; the white meat is topped with a zesty citrus crumb that will make your taste buds come alive. Everything is presented beautifully as well. Toko is an exciting, stylish place to eat fabulous food.
Open daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-2am (last orders for food: midnight). Vida Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, (04 442 8383). Brunch: Frinoon- 4pm. Dhs365 (with soft drinks), Dhs450 (with house beverages and Japanese beverage), Dhs535 (with one bottle of bubbly per two guests).

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