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.


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…

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

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.

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

Chocolate fondant with a hazelnut sauce inside


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

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

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