Koko Bay Dubai: A Bali-inspired restaurant with its own stretch of private beach on the Palm Jumeirah

Say hello to your new favourite beachside spot as your friends at The Huntr shine the spotlight on Koko Bay Dubai…

Inspired by Balinese beaches and the slow life, Koko Bay Dubai is going to put you straight into vacation mode. Think stunning beach views, cosy furnishings done in an abundance of natural materials such as wood, rattan, bamboo, and raffia – all in a soothing, neutral colour palette. Big potted green plants, hammocks swaying in the sea breeze and the sound of the ocean. Pure bliss. There are various seating options for small and large groups and although the vibes are casual, Koko Bay has enough wow-factor to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or a romantic date. It’s also a dog-friendly spot (outside only) and family-friendly too.

Food-wise the menu is built to share with dishes inspired by Far Eastern cuisine. There’s plenty to choose from – whether you want to order from the bar bites menu or have a full 3-course meal. The options include plenty of fish and seafood creations, grilled meats, vegetarian-friendly dishes, dim sum, sushi, burgers, rice and noodle dishes, salads and desserts.

The Huntr started our Koko Bay experience by sharing 3 dishes – the Assorted Dim Sum Basket (79AED), which encompasses 9 perfect dim sum divided between three flavours: chicken and basil prawn sui mai and edamame, and water chestnut and truffle. The Pulled Duck Lettuce Cups (69AED), which were flavourful but the meat was a little chewier than we would have liked it to be. Plus the Seafood Salad (85AED), which features a fresh mix of prawns, scallops, and calamari tossed in an orange dressing with orange segments and almonds – this was a nice dish but it would have been better with just a tad more acidity and saltiness. For the main event we shared The Ultimate Surf and Turf Platter (355AED) – a decadent spread of baby calamari, sea bass, grass-fed strip loin steak, and spring chicken with gochujang chili mayo, lemon butter sauce red wine jus and green peppercorn sauce. Everything was perfectly cooked and expertly seasoned, we wholeheartedly recommend it. All Koko Bay grills come with either loaded jacket potatoes or French fries, vichy carrots and buttered corn on the cob. We ended the feast with a theatrical dessert the Flambéed White Chocolate Dome (59AED) – a delicious mix of lotus biscuit crumble, strawberry cheesecake ice cream, dehydrated meringue, fresh berries, mint and berry coulis.

Drinks-wise Koko Bay is fully licensed and has both an inside and outside bar. There are also various soft drinks and mocktails available. We loved the Monkey Business (59AED) cocktail and the Pandan Dream, which we opted to have alcohol-free.

Koko Bay’s guests can also make use of its private beach during their experience and there are on-site changing facilities and lockers (including showers). So what are you waiting for? See you on the sand!

Insider tips: Advance bookings advised to avoid disappointment. The beach cabanas require a 500AED minimum spend. Open Saturday-Wednesday 12noon until 12midnight and Thursdays and Fridays 12noon until 1am. 

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