Wish upon a twinkling star this Star Festival

There’s just something thoroughly urbane about Toko Dubai, the hip Downtown outpost of the luxe, with its picturesque Japanese-style garden, complete with flamboyant water features, floating vibrant umbrellas and Bonsai trees, offset by remarkable Reni Kung lighting accents, coming together to create a vibrant atmosphere. Catering to both foodies and trendsetters alike, Toko has overhauled the world of contemporary Japanese cuisine.

Things are about to get a whole lot more festive as Toko gears up to host its first-ever Japanese Star Festival (Tanabata) this year. Celebrations are set to kick off on Wednesday 17th June in the lead up to the festival, which traditionally takes place on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar.

In honour of the Holy Month of Ramadan and in keeping with Star Festival customs, Toko invites guests to join in the glimmering festivities at sunset by writing down their heart-felt wishes on strips of colourful paper called tanzaku and then hanging them up on the branches of a bonsai tree. These handmade creations will adorn the illuminated bonsai tree, welcoming guests at the main entrance of the restaurant, signaling that the sizzling Dubai summer has officially arrived!

“It is the first time we are hosting Star Festival at Toko and we are excited to give guests the opportunity to partake in the festival by hanging up their wishes while enjoying their favourite Toko dishes,” comments General Manager, Tony Lina.

Make sure you head over to Toko, nestled in the heart of Dubai’s premier dining precinct at luxury boutique Vida Downtown, to savour innovative dishes that play with textures and flavours that will enhance the experience while celebrating Tanabata with loved ones. On the evening of the 7th of July, a wish will be picked from the tree where a lucky winner stands a chance to win a delicious dinner for four. 

Come and tuck into an array of swish Japanese small plates whilst sipping on a refreshing kuga mocktail, or relish delicious mouthwatering scampi nigiri with foie gras and truffle oil that has been decadently handcrafted to satisfy your palate as well as your visual senses. Chef Alexander Stumpf’s innovative dishes reflect his passion for food in a way that makes perfect sense in his kitchen – and more importantly, in your tummy.  

Each experience at Toko is unlike any other, as Heraclitus famously said, “You cannot step into the same river twice.”