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“Highly recommended brunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Karma Kafe

Karma Kafe
Ranked #222 of 9,474 Restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $80 - $200
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Downtown Dubai
Description: Karma Kafe is an award winning pan Asian restaurant and lounge from the creators of world renowned Buddha-Bar, located in the heart of Downtown Dubai. Offering a fusion of pan Asian and International flavors, as well as opulent surroundings and eclectic beats, Karma Kafe 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. This hidden gem can be found in an intimate corner of Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Highly recommended brunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

The only thing lacking with our brunch was atmosphere. There were so few diners it felt strange to be at such a large venue. However because it was so quiet we received impeccable service by 3 attentive and friendly servers. The manager came to check on each table and everyone appeared to be very happy. The food was delicious. Not a standard buffet brunch but a 6 course set menu with very good sushi, excellent seafood and a funky beef & fish main course cooked at the table by the diner. Quirky, fun and great quality.

  • Visited February 2014
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“Not as good as it used to be”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

When Karma Kafe first opened we were thrilled with the location, menu and atmosphere and kept going back. It is not cheap but any special occasion called for a booking there. Unfortunately on our last visit we found that most of the menu options we loved so much had gone including the bento boxes, spun tiger prawns and the lemon yuzu tart. We generally prefer starters and find the main courses lacking. Those at Buddha Bar are better. The only thing that will tempt me to return is the ahi tuna pizza which is amazing. Tough competition has arrived from Toko just across the road.

  • Visited December 2013
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United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Boring”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

The food was nice but I was still left hungry. Service wasn't anything special. The best thing about it was the views of the fountain show. No vibe in there though

  • Visited December 2013
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Bahrain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Unexpected bad experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

We went back with colleagues to karma cafe for the third time, confident to spend a great evening. We started by cocktails and starters and it went very well. We enjoyed our last evening in Dubai. The Philippino waitress was kind and doing a great job.

We ordered main courses, two of us were served getting the beef steak recommended by the house but not the side dishes. The other colleagues did not receive their main courses. After 5 minutes, we asked and the head waiter informed that it is on the way. After an additional 5 minutes we asked again, and again the answer was : it is on the way. On the same time, we did not start to eat the beef steak that we already received, waiting that our colleagues are served also. Finally, after 25 mn, the other main dishes arrived. The duck served was ice cold, the side dishes for the beef steak arrived. My beef steak was of course ice cold after all this time. I ask the head waiter to change it. The same beef came back, was now well done as they just heat it again in the oven instead of medium rare and was uneatable.
We ask to talk to the manager. He just said that they have a technical problem in the kitchen.
Discussions started with arguing which are not decent for a place like karma cafe.
The manager was simply not able to fix the problem raised.
When we left the place, this manager just showed his back and we learned that he was the General Manager!. The guest relation requested my business card willing to write us back but she never did.
We will never go back to this place, where the manager is unable to fix a simple problem specially when he is aware about. It is a shame that our evening was ruined.

  • Visited February 2014
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Top food overlooking Dubai Fountains”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2014

Brunch at Karma Kafe is pretty top notch.
The brunch follows a set 7 course menu of pan asian, with plenty of fresh beautiful seafood, served direct to your table. We went for an alcoholic brunch which included house wines, beers and a selection of cocktails.
Just missed out on 5 stars as service could have been a little better, sometimes found it hard to get waiters attention when sat outside, and cocktails were very watered down.
Grab a seat outside for views of the fountains.

  • Visited October 2013
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