Taiko Dubai: Amsterdam’s iconic Asian bar and cuisine concept

Iconic Amsterdam restaurant Taiko is the brainchild of executive chef, Schilo van Coevorden – join your friends at The HUNTR as we present a look inside its first international outpost: Taiko Dubai…

Located inside the Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk hotel, Taiko Dubai opens six days a week at 5pm for drinks and 7pm for dinner (it’s closed on Mondays). Connected to WAFI mall and spread across the 4th floor, the restaurant is dimly-lit, romantic, and will transport you to the Far East, thanks to its pops of deep red, sparkling lanterns and opulent furnishings.

With ample seating options for small and large groups, a separate bar and lounge area, and an outside terrace, Taiko is the ideal spot for date night, drinks with clients or friends, a special occasion like a birthday, or an intimate dinner with someone special.

The HUNTR rated the Japanese cuisine a solid 9 out of 10 and was impressed by the fair prices (for such a high-end spot) and the beautiful presentation of each dish. In fact everything was so great, we couldn’t choose a favourite. So, like us, you are going to just have to order it all…

We started with complimentary edamame before diving into the juicy Infused Melon (39AED) with wasabi and kimchi flavours. The light and refreshing Daikon Salad (48AED) featured a roll of cucumber with radish and mushroom with wild ginger dressing and the Nasu Dashi (42AED) encompasses roasted eggplant in dahi and crispy garlic. The Carpaccio of Wagyu Beef (65AED) was outstanding with the Nam Jim dressing, coconut, and mango.

Next came the simple and tasty Salmon Sashimi (42AED for 3 pieces) plus the divine and crunchy Soft Shell Crab Maki (58AED for 6 pieces). The fancy caviar and gold-dusted Otoro Nigiri (80AED) followed alongside the theatrical Shisha Sushi (58AED for 2 pieces) – soy-glazed wagyu served covered and smoke-infused like shisha.

Onto the main event and the buttery (off-menu) Lobster Carpaccio blew us away and you must-order the Dynamite Wasabi Prawn Tempura (75AED) – we could have finished 4 plates. The Peking Duck Gyoza (56AED for 3 pieces) is wonderful and the Chicken Yakitori Skewers (35AED for 2 pieces) are tender, juicy, and flavourful. We also scoffed down a side of Taiko Rice (32AED) – fried rice with edamame and pumpkin that’s perfectly match with the skewers.

To end one of the loveliest Japanese dinners we’ve had of late on a sugar high we shared the Chocolate Structures (62AED), which is composed of a chocolate wasabi stone, chocolate ice cream and chocolate mousse served with a chocolate lucky cat and covered with a thin layer of chocolate. A must-for fellow chocoholics.

Drinks-wise Taiko is fully licensed and its bar is impressive enough to act as a drinks-only destination. The export mixologists can craft an array of mouthwatering cocktails and mocktails alongside a plethora of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Insider tips: Open 5 pm until 1 am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday and 5 pm until 2 am on Thursday and Friday. The kitchen opens at 7 pm and the last food order is 11.30 pm. Complimentary valet parking available at the hotel entrance.

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