Okku, Dubai

In a word: Luxe
Food:  Amazing, one of my favourite fine-dining experiences
Service:  Serious, yet welcoming, friendly and fun
Presentation:   Faultless
Ambience:  Dark, almost mysterious, definitely cool
Location:  Number 1 Sheikh Zayed Road, Okku has THE address!
Value for money:  This is oriental fine dining at it’s best, so take a wallet full of cash, or better still, someone else’s!
Worth a visit?:  A must do in Dubai. Go on a Sunday night, be prepared to eat incredible food, spend a small fortune on booze and pull a sickie on Monday, as Sunday night is hedonistic!

Okku has a reputation in the UAE as one of the best places to eat whether you’re specifically after Japanese, or a fine dinning experience with ridiculously good food and mighty fine ‘O’ style cocktails to match.  The name Okku is synonymous with fine dining in Dubai and the Sunday night parties have a hedonistic reputation.

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Zuma, DIFC, Dubai

In a word: Cool, chic, classy.
Food: Mouthwatering.
Service: Fast and attentive.
Presentation: Stunning.
Ambience: Sumptuous surroundings, just a shame that people are allowed to smoke in dining areas.
Location: In the financial district – easily accessible, especially if you work there!  It’s worth the drive/taxi/metro journey if you don’t.
Value for money: Great value lunch menus for some really great Japanese staples, don’t get me wrong, it’s not cheap, but worth every penny.
Worth a visit?:  Absolutely, any time of the day, you won’t be disappointed by the food, interiors or service.

Zuma combines restaurant with gallery-style lounge bar and private dining areas, and is generally rated as one of Dubai’s coolest dining/drinking/partying options.  And by cool, I mean chic and sophisticated cool…totally Dubai.

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