Restaurant Review: Buddha Bar, Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina

The Dubai branch of the global brand offers generous servings of pan-Asian food in a sumptuous stylish setting
“Make room for dessert
- you’ll be dreaming
about the magnificent
melt-in-the-middle
chocolate fondant for
years to come”
“Make room for dessert - you’ll be dreaming about the magnificent melt-in-the-middle chocolate fondant for years to come”
Buddha Bar
Buddha Bar
“Make room for dessert
- you’ll be dreaming
about the magnificent
melt-in-the-middle
chocolate fondant for
years to come”
Buddha Bar

Location: Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina
Tel: 04 399 8888
Web: www.royaldiningcollection.com
Dress code: Smart-casual
Cuisine: Japanese fusion
Times: 8pm to 2am, daily, 3am, weekends
Price range: $$$$

Dubai’s Buddha Bar has become a hip place to eat since it threw open its doors in 2005. It has the feel of a club, with a DJ, cosy booths for large groups and extremely dark lighting (so dark the waiters have torches to help you see the menu). The buzzing main dining area is a decadent double-height space adorned with red chandeliers and a floor to ceiling glass wall offering Marina views, not to forget the giant, fat cross-legged Buddha statue. And the cuisine on offer is no disappointment either. Encompassing Japanese and Thai, there’s also an impressive vegetarian selection. And there’s a reason that Buddha is so fat, as portions are huge. From the towering plate of tempura, more than enough to share, to the main course delicacy, black cod, of which you get two gorgeous fillets, the abundant servings make this a destination for those who love to indulge. Make room for dessert though – you’ll be dreaming about the magnificent melt-in-themiddle chocolate fondant for years to come.

On the Menu
APPETISERS
Shrimp and vegetable tempura, Dhs130
Cajun soft shell crab sushi (six pieces), Dhs85

MAINS
Grilled salmon, Dhs190
Black cod, Dhs220

DESSERTS
Coconut lime panna cotta, Dhs55
Chocolate fondant, Dhs60