Toko Dubai

Classy Downtown spot with irregular service and okay food
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Time Out Says

Following its revamp Downtown Toko looks cool and funky with its urban interiors and cute Japanese flourishes, such as the paper fans that move mechanically above the bar – there more for style than to actually cool you down.

It’s more suited to a lively night out with nibbles than a low-key dinner with friends, thanks in part to its heaving ladies’ night every Wednesday offering unlimited grape from 7pm to 10pm.

The venue gets busy most nights, but there’s a less frenetic unlicensed terrace overlooking the Burj Khalifa, so if it’s views sans beverages you’re after, this might be the best spot.

You’ll go through the entire gamut of customer service here. Staff are either kind and accommodating, oblivious or just plain unhelpful. Those at the welcome desk would do well to take pointers from those inside waiting tables, especially on ladies’ night, when they work quickly, keeping their cool throughout.

It takes some time for orders to be taken and for food to arrive, which irks some guests. When our food eventually arrives, it thankfully lifts the experience. The menu is vast, featuring soups, noodles, dim sum, salads, sushi, tacos and more. But for the indecisive, the pictures alongside every dish might make it easier (and quicker) to choose.

The sushi is a good place to start. Rolls are inventive, packed full of fillings and truly enjoyable. The barbecue hoisin chicken is unusual, bold in flavour and makes a nice change to the more traditional duck rendition. Sadly, larger plates aren’t as good. The black cod tastes fatty, the sauce a tad gloopy and the balance of charring with sweetness in the glazed short rib is just not quite right.

If eating is secondary to a night out, you can’t go wrong here. But for a meal in its own right, there are better Japanese restaurants in town.

The Bill (for two)
1x assorted steamed dim sum Dhs55
1x green dragon roll Dhs42
1x bbq hoisin chicken Dhs42
1x miso marinated black cod Dhs150
1x glazed short rib Dhs115
Total (excluding service) Dhs404

The bottom line
Better for a night out with food rather than as a dining experience alone.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 18 Apr 2017

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FacilitiesDine In, Take-Away
Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
Dress CodeCasuals
Special OffersFriday Brunch
12:00 PM to 1:45 AM
Thursday: 12:00 PM to 1:45 AMFriday: 12:00 PM to 1:45 AM
Show number +971 4 442 8383
Dubai, Burj Khalifa Area, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

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