Ladies night @ TOKO

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.

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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.

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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.

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We had a mix of starters…

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Spicy Edamame
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Soft Shell Crab
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Shrimps with dynamite sauce
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Prawn, avocado and chilli mayo sushi
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Chicken skewers
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Wagyu beef gyoza

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.

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The Wagyu Beef Gyoza – A little disappointing

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.

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Served in a cute hot pot and mixed at your table by your server
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Just delicious

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.

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Chocolate fondant with a hazelnut sauce inside

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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.

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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

TOKO Dubai - Vida Downtown Dubai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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