Celebrity favorite Downtown TOKO, Japanese Izakaya (sharing style) restaurant and lounge has brought in a mix or urban sophistication, laid-back vibes and elements of Zen to Vida, Down Town Dubai. The restaurant itself is a delight, kitted out with sophisticated and casual indoor seating, a laid back Japanese garden with  lush greenery and Bonsai trees, all making this a tranquil escape in the heart of a buzzing city. We were seated on the terrace in a stunning cabana, which worked out just right considering the perfect weather for al fresco dining at the moment. The wait staff come with a charismatic personality, which adds to the edgy vibes in this space (A refreshing change when compared to wait staff found in some of the prominent Japanese-Asian restaurants in the city)

Downtown Toko restaurant and lounge also serve up some amazing Pan Asian flavors. We had the pleasure of savoring Toko’s new Tuesday night offering, ‘ALL YOU CAN EAT DIM SUM’ Menu. I have an affection for these petite parcels and when I’m informed I can eat dumplings to my heart’s content, I’m a happy soul. We had to pace ourselves as we savored the  variety of fluffy steamed buns, flavor packed dumplings and some heady combination of truffle, duck and mushroom - all delightful and we did a few rounds of our favorites. 

SignetRing seals: Xiao Long Bao -Black truffle and Veal dumpling. These delicate handmade parcels are not just a thing of beauty but filled with subtly scented black truffles combined with veal and flavorful soupy juices- An easy winner!

The All you can eat Dim Sum Menu and three Chang beers or pink lemonade mocktails is available ever Tuesday from 7pm-10pm at a price of AED 195. Unbeatable pricing for a location so central and chic. Ideal space and price for a girls night out or a romantic dinner.