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“Excellent Japanese”
Review of Downtown Toko

Downtown Toko
Ranked #427 of 9,619 Restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $150
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese, Bar
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown Dubai
Description: Downtown Toko Restaurant, Garden & Lounge located at Vida Hotel, is the hub for laid-back get-togethers and friendly gatherings. Now open With a brand-new interior and décor, this cheerful space is just what the Dubai casual dining scene needs. Spirit connoisseurs and foodies alike are invited to come and experience the remarkable birth of the venue, coupled with an incredible new menu for excellent value featuring tasty Chinese and Japanese street food including an exciting variety of dim sums, delicious wok dishes, and a special duck recipe specifically created for the restaurant. Spearheaded by Bulldozer Group Worldwide (the Dining & Entertainment Group behind Novikov, Sass Café, Cipriani Dubai, Movida and VIP room), the space has been designed by renowned Russian interior designer Nograph and will feature the main restaurant, lounge and garden that will evoke that intimate yet trendy feel. The famous outdoor garden, a relaxed, laid back atmosphere with lush greenery, beautiful outdoor chairs and comfy sofas will ooze cool, swanky vibes for the perfect weekend hangout.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Excellent Japanese”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

I had a very nice meal here, the food was great although not surprising ( I mean that some dishes are the same here as zuma or nobu....). I like the venue, service very very good.
If you are in downtown it's a restaurant worth going.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Mark T
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Ghazi A, General Manager at Downtown Toko, responded to this review, September 28, 2014
Dear Marc T San,

Thank you for taking the time to review us on trip advisor.

I am pleased that we are ticking most of the right Marks, our menu is indeed similar to Zuma as it is the informal Izakaya style of dining, only that we are not as formal. Toko meaning in Japanese, a space where you may retreat and appreciate art, amongst other things.

Thank you for your continued patronage of Toko Dubai, please feel free to contact me should I be of any service at anytime.

I look forward to the pleasure of hearing from you, and welcoming you back to Toko Dubai.

Thank you,

Ghazi
056-980-0547
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
“Great job all round”
Reviewed June 29, 2014

We have recently visited the new big bang in Dubai, Toko. We are big fans of asian cuisine so we had big expectations from the place. I have to say these guys exceeded our expectations by far.
We were genuinely greeted at the reception and made feel welcome instantly.
The hostess escorted us to our table and had a casual chat on the way to make us feel even more comfortable.
Our waiter came, introduced the menu and different options, seemed very knowledgable.
The evening started very well and continued even better. The decor is not my taste but i guess it is personal preference.The place still had a good feel. Our dishes started arriving, the salmon tartare with truffle and yuzu was amazing, we also had the robata scallop with pickled apple and jalapeno garlic. Fantastic flavours all round.Cuttlefish and fried quail were also part of our evening and just couldn't fault it. Everything arrived on time and served very professionally. The Manager came to see if we are having a good time, we had a chat with him, very polite and charming, very hospitable just the way he should be. Toko has an open kitchen so you can see a very talented group of people making your food. They looked very neat and disciplined.
It was a great night out, we loved every moment of it!! See you soon again Toko

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Teca001
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Louis A, General Manager at Downtown Toko, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Dear 'Teca001' - thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback with us - we really appreciate it. I'm thrilled you had such an enjoyable evening and that the staff and their knowledge enhanced your experience of Toko Dubai.

We look forward to welcoming in you back very soon indeed.
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London
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“Our favourite Japanese in Dubai”
Reviewed June 28, 2014

We have been to Toko now at least 6 times and it consistently provides great food and lovely attentive service, great atmosphere and a beautiful outdoor seating.
Dishes are innovative and extremely good, the sushi is excellent and staff, from reception to wait staff, eager to please.
Any query is followed up immediately (whether it is turning down the music a bit, changing tables etc) and rare mishaps (dishes mixed up) are dealt with grace and charm.

This is in striking contrast to La Serre, in the same hotel, which has recently left a lot to desire in terms of service (please see our review in the respective section).

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank DubaiLondon
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Louis A, General Manager at Downtown Toko, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback - we appreciate it.
I'm sure the team are very familiar with you and your guests, however next time please don't hesitate to ask for me in person so I can come and say hello.

We look forward to seeing you again very soon indeed.
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Very nice Japanese with a twist”
Reviewed June 26, 2014

Modern Japanese food. Tried the tasting menu and all dishes were good most were excellent. Nice atmosphere with music and very attentive service. Would not hesitate to recommend a visit.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Jusug
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Louis A, General Manager at Downtown Toko, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Jusug - I'm glad to hear. Please come back and visit next time you are in Dubai. Many Thanks
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Great food & excellent service”
Reviewed June 23, 2014

I just visited Toko for the first time this weekend and it was brilliant, the food is great and very fresh with a very varied less formal "Izakaya" style menu, the staff were great and service was excellent. Also I would still recommend trying the outside area, even though summer has definitely started it was still "cool" enough to sit outside in the evening and it's a great area although the restaurant has a fab' atmosphere also. I will definitely be back!

  • Visited June 2014
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