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Since its founding in Paris in 1996, Buddha-Bar has grown into a massive brand – if you haven’t dined in one of it’s venues, you might have slept in one of its hotels, relaxed in one of its spas, or (most-likely) heard one of the running series of compilation albums which peddle the brand’s distinct thread of world-tinged lounge house. In the same way that the music sounded cool at first, but has worn out its welcome 15 years later, Buddha-Bar’s pan-Asian, world-fusion cuisine isn’t half as revolutionary as it once was – nor is founder Raymond Visan’s ‘vision’ of a combined restaurant-lounge-club venue (Dubai is littered with them).
Despite that, the brand’s heritage means they know how to do things right. While pricey, the food selection – that heavily hyphenated Japanese-Thai-Chinese-Indian hybrid – varies from competent to splendid. Meanwhile the huge screen windows looking out onto the Marina, and the huge Buddha that towers over the room (part-class, part-tack) make this a most memorable dining spot.
Open Sat-Wed 8pm-2am, Thu-Fri 8pm-3am. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com (04 399 8888).
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