- Night Out
May 11, 2018
The Buddha Bar global juggernaut is unstoppable. Though the format is familiar to many now, it still has the power to wow and its Dubai incarnation is a case in point. This is one of the largest Buddha Bars in the world and it is impressive in every sense. Walk through the doors and you are launched into an imposing multi-level interior, filled with plush carpets and glittering red and gold chandeliers plus the vast Buddha statute that dominates the room and has become the bars’ trademark. Large bay windows dressed with velvet drapes offer views out over the marina, all accompanied by a backdrop of the unmistakable lounge music that has its roots in the very first Buddha Bar in Paris. Cocktails are excellent (as they should be for the price) and there is an abundance of bubbly (also expensive) on offer. The food menu blends flavours from Thailand, China and Japan, with seasonal Arabic ingredients, and the platter-style dishes are perfect for sharing. Behind the main dining room there’s a sushi bar with tatami-style seating, which provides a more intimate experience. But if you’re here to check out the stylish Dubai crowd, the mezzanine floor and Zen lounge are the place to be, and tables here are snapped up pretty quick at the weekend. Located in Grosvenor House, along with the equally swish Bar 44, the crowd this place attracts is glamorous and dressed to the nines. Subtlety is a foreign concept here, but if you like your bars over the top, this is the place for you.