Inspired by Bali’s beaches, Koko Bay is a licensed beachfront restaurant located on the Palm Jumeirah’s West Beach. Modern Asian and European influences can be found throughout the menu, and a unique selection of craft cocktails is also available.
While we stop in for lunch, reservations don’t seem particularly necessary, although, for a restaurant that just opened, there are a number of guests. However, as the weather improves, we can see weekends getting busy for the outdoor sun loungers and cabana-style seating.
For those who want to book ahead, guests can visit the website, www.kokobay.co, or call 800 5656229.
At Palm Jumeirah’s West Beach development, finding parking is a bit more (unnecessarily) complicated than we initially thought it would be. As with any new place in Dubai, allow some patience (and time). There is underground parking, and also a drop-off area if you’re taking a taxi. We think the new West Bay development will eventually have the right signage in place; it’s just a matter of time.
Greeting and Seating
While there is signage on the front of the building, the restaurant’s entrance is actually on the beach side. As we turn the corner from the boardwalk, we immediately see the large terrace and private beach, complete with tables and sun loungers. Once inside, the interior evokes themes of Balinese beaches, and we love the use of natural elements. The high ceilings, rattan fans, and lush planting add to the beachy atmosphere.
It might be worth noting that there are dedicated lockers and a shower facility for guests looking for a dip in the sea before heading back to the restaurant.
Pet owners will be pleased to know that the restaurant is dog-friendly. Although dogs are not allowed inside the restaurant, dogs can walk on the sand (on a leash, of course) and stay beside you on the terrace while you dine.
We’re greeted warmly and, after following all current safety precautions, are shown to a table near one of the floor to ceiling windows. We are well looked after during the meal -- perhaps a bit too much. There’s a fine line between being attentive towards guests and overwhelming guests. Additionally, while we have a good experience, a look at some of the current reviews shows that perhaps there is room for growth here.
Finally, it’s also worth mentioning that the team is happy to pack up my leftovers, which is appreciated.
After placing a quick order for water, my dining partner and I sit down to review the menu. There’s a mix of Asian and European dishes, such that nearly every palate should be happy (yes, that means you can order both a burger and a sushi roll). To start, rather than edamame (which is available), we’re happy to order crispy veggie chips, AED39, served with garlic aioli. The taste is moreish, but the price seems a touch high for dehydrated veggies. We also decide to split the Atlantic Crab, poached prawn, AED89, and the Nom Nom Asian Crunch, AED79, and we choose to add prawns to our order (an additional AED20). Both dishes are filling, and it’s the cold seafood dish we would definitely order again. For our final starter, we also choose the Beet and Burrata salad, AED85. While the presentation is lovely and burrata never disappoints, we’d prefer a bit more cheese for the price.
The selection of mains is almost overwhelming, and while my dining partner selects the healthy Grilled Salmon Teriyaki, served with Black Rice, AED139, it is the Pad Thai with Prawns, AED109 (+20 for prawns) that catches my eye. Both of our dishes arrive as generous portions, and the Pad Thai could definitely be split between two people. Although we’re asked if we are interested in dessert, it will have to be on another visit - we’re full!
Drinks are served in eclectic cups and glasses, a small detail we can’t help but enjoy. There is a wide range of craft cocktails, and mocktails are also offered.
Food arrives when it’s ready, and we’re not rushed during the experience.
This is the kind of un-pretentious beach club we’ve been waiting for on the Palm. While there are other offers on the Palm and around the city, we like the friendly and approachable mentality at Koko Bay. The venue has a mixture of indoor and outdoor space, with hammocks, bright blue bean bags, cream macramé decoration, and wooden rattan furniture. We feel immediately relaxed and enjoy the views of the Dubai Marina.
A bit higher than expected. Hopefully, deals will be offered for sundowners, and perhaps a slight reduction in the overall menu will be considered.
Overall, would you return?
This is the perfect spot for a long winter lunch with the dog. Also, we love that there are so many options for diners of all kinds -- vegetarians should feel welcome here.
Plan to come for an afternoon. Bring your togs (and your dog) and make a day of it!
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