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If Culture Club went into the restaurant business, we’d imagine the result to look a little something like Souk Al Bahar’s Karma Kafe. Buddha Bar’s sister restaurant overlooks the Dubai Fountains and is a firm favourite of Dubai hipsters. Its Dubai Fountain-facing outdoor area glows red, with romantic Oriental-style chandeliers hanging overhead, while indoors is lit up with fuschia lanterns and colourful bohemian-style cushions. When booking, make sure you request a seat outside, otherwise you might end up in the somewhat dark indoor area, though the colourful decor is a feast for the eyes. Though many dishes aren't cheap, there are plenty of vegetarian options, such as shitake mushrooms with truffle and ponzu sauce and hand-rolled tamaki veggie rolls. If you love seafood, the mini ceviche tacos with wasabi and guacamole is a dish in itself. Service can be a little uptight, but the place is always busy.
Open Sun-Wed 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat noon-2am. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, www.karma-kafe.com (04 423 0909).
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