My family were invited to review Toko’s newly launched family brunch, and FAMILY is the focus of the brunch. We sat outside under Toko’s signature umbrellas in the cool shaded gardens of the restaurant and the weather in Dubai is just perfect for outdoor dining at the moment.
We were impressed with the brunch, and it was genuinely easy with the children. As most people know brunch isn’t the easiest thing for my family with 4 children aged 6, 4, 3 and 1.
Toko Sydney is the original award winning restaurant that has changed the Japanese dining landscape in Australia and Dubai opened its doors a few years back bringing with it the same concept.
Food at Brunch
As you would expect with a Japanese restaurant there was an assortment of sushi and sashimi, including salmon, tuna and seabass. There are plenty of cooked dishes from noodles, tempura, dumplings, and they have set up a robata grill for roast chickens, beef, skewered vegetables which my boys definitely enjoyed.
The lunch is generally frequented by other families whose children are aged between newborns and 8 year olds. The kids are free to roam and run between the tables – no one judges since every table has at least one child. The outdoor area is enclosed and small enough to keep an eye on your children at all times.
The restaurant set up a very small but clean play zone, probably best for toddlers up to 5 years – my kids loved it. The kids were entertained with face painting, and balloon twisting that kept my children busy until we were ready to leave. The restaurant also brought out candy floss machines, and I was relieved that my kids turned down, who opted for the trays of fresh watermelons instead.
If your kids aren’t so adventurous to try Japanese food, you will be relieved to know that they are children’s favourites listed on a separate menu including pasta bolognese, chicken and vegetable fried rice, vegetable tempura, mini cheese burgers, Toko chicken strips, and Toko fries.
Top tip: bring a cardigan or jumper for the children as the garden can get a bit nippy.
Prices are definitely competitive and there are three packages.
AED 195 – Non-alcoholic brunch
AED350 – Alcoholic brunch includes an assortment of beer, wine and house cocktails.
AED535 – Champagne Brunch – this price allows one bottle of Verve Clicquot max.
For more information go to www.toko-dubai.com
For bookings +971 (0) 4442 8383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org