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“Trying *way* too hard...”
Review of Karma Kafe

Karma Kafe
Ranked #240 of 9,704 Restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $80 - $200
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, 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 October 10, 2013

Anytime you have to remind potential guests that there's a dress code, that means your reputation is not up to your own standards. That should be a hint that you're doing something wrong. Anyway....

Had dinner here. Requested a table overlooking the Dubai fountain (shows every 30 minutes starting at 6pm). Arrived on time and was ushered by one of three model-type hostesses waiting behind the velvet rope (really?) to the terrace, where they seated me in front of a wall.

Even though there were at least three empty tables with a view of the fountain, they refused to reseat me, claiming the tables were "reserved". Funny thing is, one of the tables remained empty the entire time I was there, and the other two were empty for the first 45 minutes. Funny because they told me when I checked in that I had to vacate my view of the wall in two hours. (It never got full...).

Food was average for the price. Lapsang souchong-smoked salmon with cherries was a brave move, but they pulled it off. Drinks were overpriced, but I guess that's to be expected. Service was nothing exceptional at all - in fact, it was a tad below average. There was an air of arrogance about the entire staff.

The inside of the restaurant is done in red and has a "Too cool for you" vibe. Not really welcoming, but if you're a movie star, a model, or a millionaire, I guess you might like it. Definitely "see and be seen" - again, good for throwing money away, not so good for a stellar dining experience.

All in all, I'd rate this a definite "pass". For views of the Dubai fountain on the cheap, have dinner at the fish restaurant downstairs (forget the name). It's easily 1/4 the price - no alcohol, though - but the food's good and the service marginally better.

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Thank James B
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Food is terrible. The Wagu beef is terrible. The woman manager there is extremely arogent. There was issues with air-condition.
Very bad experience all together

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Thank KWG75
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

nice sisha place with alkohol even though i dont know hpw they can serve i as there is no hotel attached. Place is never too full.

1  Thank frankscheunert
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

The worst customer service in Dubai ever. I had reserved a table for 7pm and while we were at dinner the staff come and tell us they have reserved our table at 9pm, so we have to either leave at 9pm or move to the bar with our food !
what is the point of making a reservation at 7 if we only had 2 hours.
everyone please make sure you ask the 'hours' you are allowed to sit on your reserved table while making the booking.
Very disappointed with this service.

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2  Thank m j
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Located in the Souk Al Bahar 2nd floor. Nice views of the Burj Khalifa dancing fountains. This would be a great spot to visit after a day of shopping at the Dubai Mall. Service is quick and attentive. The DJ starts spinning around 9pm and the bar area is the place to drink and eat!

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2  Thank MissMye
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