Located in the Vida Hotel downtown TOKO has been on my list of places to eat for a long time and not just because Kim Kardashian ate there (although I may have tried to get a reservation to attend her dinner). Basically it’s a chic Japanese restaurant which has a good reputation.
So what better way to celebrate a friends birthday than on ladies night at Temptation by TOKO. Ladies receive 4 free drinks and 30% off the total food bill.
Sporting a contemporary Japanese design; separate dining and bar as well as an outdoor area complete with water features and floating umbrellas overhead. I didn’t see a DJ but I assume there was one, spinning some great deep house covers, creating an overall chic but lively atmosphere.
We had a mix of starters…
All of which were enjoyable except the wagyu beef gyoza. I expect the filling to be super tender and the skin of the dumplings were a little tough and overall it was too oily. Probably wouldn’t order these again.
But my favorite dish was definitely the pulled beef kamameshi that we had for a main. It comes with rice and is served with roast shallots and miso butter. It was so flavorsome. Highly recommended.
After dwelling on the dessert menu for a long time, I opted for the chocolate hazelnut fondant with milk ice cream. I’m glad I did. I normally find an all chocolate fondant too rich for my liking but the hazelnut sauce inside this particular dessert was heavenly. Not too rich, a perfect combination. My friend opted for a mix of puddings & cheesecake.
What’s better than mochi? Mochi ice cream of course. The chef was even nice enough to let me try a chocolate flavored one. The texture obviously changes as the outside skin is frozen but the chocolate and vanilla ice cream filling is smooth and creamy.
In summary I would highly recommend TOKO for a fun ladies night out with great food and a buzzing atmosphere.
TOKO: Vida Downtown Dubai
Reservations: 04 4428383