Toshi

Japanese open-kitchen Al Barsha Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009

Wearing wraparound Dubai views like a pair of designer shades, Toshi really is a beautiful restaurant. As city lights rush and glitter below, this glassy penthouse has a fibre optic bar, Chinese archways, elegant Buddhas and luxurious Asian furniture. But Toshi is not a fine-dining restaurant: a charming story at the start of the menu explains that a simple country boy was so inspired by a visit to the region that he made it his life’s mission to open a pan-Asian restaurant simply serving the Orient’s tastiest dishes.

He did well with the selection, as what follows is a cherry-picked collection of Asian favourites that spans Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Malaysian cuisines. The starters are acceptable – the Malaysian chicken satay is exquisitely tender, but the satay sauce lacks pizzazz. The Chinese shrimp wonton soup – a weightless blend of coriander, ginger, carrots and bok choy bobbing with fluffy shrimp dumplings – is good without being brilliant.

But the mains get better. Toshi has a particular talent for Thai food. The wok-tossed Thai shrimp, hot basil, garlic, chilli and long bean concoction is dynamite for chilli lovers. The Thai curries are also full of personality. Succulent slivers of hammour and juicy cherry tomatoes swim in the velvety yellow fish curry; studded with fat, curly prawns, the silky shrimp panang curry is jammed with character.

Head back to Malaysia for dessert, because the pisan goreng – deep-fried bananas with green tea ice cream and brown sugar sauce – is a sweet sin that polishes off a gleaming overall experience.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

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Posted by: Grace on 29 Apr ' 13 at 10:44
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I only tasted Thai food because it was Thursday (Thai Night)... I love the place and so as the food... Highly recommended!

Posted by: dwain on 12 Jan ' 12 at 06:13
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The food was unremarkable for the prices (the tepanyaki especially so), but it was decent food and attentive service.

Posted by: Kathleen on 04 Sep ' 10 at 07:36
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We tried out the Asian Night last night at Toshi, and left quite impressed. Will definitely go back. The only thing that wasn't to my liking were the amount of kids running around. Its not exactly a family friendly restaurant. There was also no music. That spoilt the ambience a little.

Sushi is excellent, very fresh, and the food is overall very good as well!!!

Bit disappointed that they didn't have beer on tap.

Lovely views of the city, but book early to get a window seat!

Posted by: jeffrey olinger on 20 Aug ' 10 at 06:59
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Really unimpressed with the food, pretty standard sushi, but for some reason they charge two to three times what other restaurants do, 80aed for a standard no frills dragon roll!. It also took 45 minutes to get our order.
Has a nice view though.

Posted by: jeffrey olinger on 20 Aug ' 10 at 06:59
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Really unimpressed with the food, pretty standard sushi, but for some reason they charge two to three times what other restaurants do, 80aed for a standard no frills dragon roll!. It also took 45 minutes to get our order.
Has a nice view though.

Posted by: Lodwyk Danomira on 16 Nov ' 09 at 11:37
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Highly recommend the Sushi night on Tuesday's. Well worth the AED 120/person with good quality sushi, tempura and salads. Been there twice so far with a group of 7 and another group of 13.

Family friendly and great view towards Burj Al Arab.

Posted by: Dave on 09 Feb ' 09 at 16:08
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I dine here quiet regularly and always have a good experience. The restaurant has panoramic views, great service and great food. A great place to dine with friends or family

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