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“Evening with friends”
Review of Karma Kafe

Karma Kafe
Ranked #234 of 9,701 Restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $80 - $200
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown Dubai
Description: Karma Kafé is an award-winning Pan-Asian restaurant and lounge from the creators of the renowned Buddha-Bar. This hidden gem can be found in an intimate corner of Souk Al Bahar, in the heart of Downtown Dubai. Offering a fusion of Pan-Asian and International flavours within opulent surroundings accompanied by eclectic beats, Karma Kafé is a unique dining and nightlife destination. The outdoor terrace offers breathtaking views of The Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa, which are essential sightings for all visitors to the city.
Reviewed February 4, 2013

We were five persons and our host had been to this restaurant before and thus he made reservations in advance. The table was ready and it was what we had asked for.
Many people reserve a seat at this restaurant as some of the tables have spectacular views of the Dubai Fountains! We had a semi-view and we were quite pleased with it! Not the full panorama but we ordered late so happy we got what we got...

Ok, now time to order our first set of drinks!
Generally, service was lacking most of the evening. There were bursts of energy and good service, but the highs were high and the lows were low. The turnover of people was quite dramatic, with people coming and going.

Food! We enjoyed drinks at at.mosphere in Burj Khalifa and came straight from 123rd floor to 1st floor... Our expectations were high as we knew this place was associated with Buddha Bar...
Anyway, we ordered our dishes, some of us got starters, and all of us got our main courses..
The presentation of the food was OK, especially the starters but the main courses were disappointing, bland, bordering on dull and boring. Edible though!
The steamed soy beans salty and spicy were yummy, the dim sum were like thick raw pasta with various fillings, the six pieces of salmon were delicious and the other dishes were average...

The main courses, were a mixed tray! I had ordered a rainbow maki and was pleasantly surprised, it wasn't huge but it was tasty and all I needed.
My friend visiting from Denmark had big expectations on the evening and the flavorful piece of juicy meat she was about to bite into, NOT. The meat was pink'ish but it wasn't juicy nor succulent...

I won't go into the details of the rest of the party, but we all felt a bit let down, especially considering the premium we paid to enjoy the location.
The service was mediocre, on and off... When we asked for the bill the waiter stood at another table with several people that just couldn't make up their mind about what they were ordering. Instead of asking his manager or another waiter to close our bill, he just kept smiling and kindly asking us to wait. After about ten minutes, we made contact with one of the managers who got us the bill in less than a minute...

When we return to Dubai, we will return to Karma Cafe. We are willing to give it another chance, because all in all we did have a wonderful time... Good friends, good drinks, good times!!!

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Thank Jarmo K
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

I visited this restaurant for the first time last weekend, and could not believe this was the first time I have eaten here in 2 years. the food and drink selection was amazing and a brilliant terrace and view of the fountains

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Thank Rachel T
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

a romantic place to go to. you've got fantastic views of the fountains from the balcony.

drink prices are pretty standard. they've obviously spent way too much time on decorating the venue rather than focusing on customer service.

overall 65/100

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2  Thank Basheer S
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We came to Karma Kafe on one of the event nights and really enjoyed the fact that we could eat/drink and have a little dance action afterwards. Food was definitely the highlight of the night and it has massively improved since the last time we were here. The staff was attentive and the manager had really good recommendations with Salmon Tataki and Butterfly cocktail with Elderflower becoming my personal favorites.

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2  Thank AliengirlinDXB
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

The most wondeful food and excellent service in a location overlooking the fountain show - I am putting this on the visitors to Dubai itinerary!

2  Thank Meiksinparadise
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