18 of one of the best Mexican and South American eating places in Dubai


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Mexican and Latin American Featured

Shake up your style buds with these daring flavours…

Make a journey down south to the flavours of Mexico and South America. These eating places pack a punch with daring tastes that maintain you coming again for extra. Put together to fulfill your new weekend hotspots.

Listed below are our prime 18 Mexican and South American eating places.

La Carnita

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This former new-kid-on-the-block has made vital efforts in establishing itself on the scene since opening final November, with a lot success. The unique hype has but to burn out, partly as a result of genuine menu, consisting of sharing model dishes, hearty mains and flavourful tacos. La Carnita’s brunch is adopted by vigorous evenings in it’s very personal secret bar, Cartel. Accessed solely by offering a day by day password, the venue is a hub of Dubai’s city cool crowd.

La Carnita, Intercontinental Dubai Marina, Solar to Wed 6pm to 1am, Thur 6pm to 2am, Fri 12.30pm to 2am, Sat 12.30pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 425 4030. lacarnita.ae

Luchador Rooftop Cantina & Lounge

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Recognized for its weekend fiestas, Luchador has a shiny spirit that might tempt even essentially the most hesitant visitor up onto their ft. You’ll come for the nice vibes, however keep for the tasty meals. The menu has all kinds of Mexican bites together with ceviche, tacos and taquitos. We suggest to get a number of dishes (particularly the quesadilla chorizo verde) and share them in the course of the desk for a full style expertise. The view additionally deserves a particular point out, with uninterrupted panoramic views of Dubai’s breathtaking skyline.

Luchador, Aloft the Palm Jumeirah, 7am to 11pm, Mon to Sat. Tel: (04) 247 5555. luchadordubai.com

La Tablita, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Lodge

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Should you ask any Mexican residing in Dubai the place to get one of the best tacos, tres leches cake or huaraches within the metropolis, they’ll inform you to go to La Tablita. The vigorous restaurant typically hosts common fiestas full with mariachi (anticipate dancing and loads of folks singing alongside to the tunes).

La Tablita, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Lodge, Dubai Creek, Sat to Wed 6pm to 1am, Thur & Fri 6pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 553 1212. latablitadubai.com

Muchachas Mexican Cantina

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This underestimated restaurant, tucked away in Al Safa, is a gem amongst the Mexican delicacies scene. It might be small, however it’s definitely not quiet. The Friday brunch can get fairly vigorous, with 4 rounds of Mexican bites, from guacamole starters to burritos and crispy crab tacos. All for the cut price worth of Dhs199. The cute venue is a wash of shiny colors blended with pastel hues and a splash of humour thrown in.

Muchachas, Vacation Inn Categorical, Al Safa, Solar to Wed midday to 1am, Thur to Sat midday to 2am. Tel: (04) 327 5878. muchachasdubai.com

Puerto 99

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This current addition within the Mexican scene has a sure high quality that makes us really feel it’s right here to remain. The fervour and authenticity that has been poured into this venue comes by within the environment, the service and the meals. From the reside mariachi band, to the refusal to supply any commercialised Mexican dishes, this two-storey Bluewaters vacation spot is sort of a slice of Mexico within the Center East.

Puerto 99, Bluewaters, off JBR, Sat to Mon 12.30pm to 1.30am, Tue to Fri 12.30pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 557 6627. puerto99.ae


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Head right down to Palapa for a fiesta vibe. The Mexican spot brings the arriba with tasty bites similar to nachos, contemporary guacamole and basic Mexican churros. Providing a comfy, relaxed indoor and out of doors seating and sea views, it’s obtained a Latin American Hacienda really feel, with an array of ceviche, taquitos, quesadillas and signature seafood dishes on the menu designed to remind you of the streets of Mexico.

Palapa, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, Solar to Thur 6pm to midnight, Fri and Sat 1pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 568 4657. fb.com


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Vibrant Mexican restaurant, Tortuga, is predicated in Madinat Jumeirah overlooking the beautiful waterways. There’s a robust deal with genuine delicacies, with a number of the finest guacamole within the biz. Diners are inspired to share within the true Mexican custom. Nonetheless, bigger important dishes similar to burritos containing pulled rooster, Arrachera beef or shrimp, and scorching fajitas of griddled rooster or griddled flank steak are additionally out there if you wish to go it alone.

Tortuga, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Solar to Wed midday to 3pm and 6pm to 11.30pm, Thur to Sat midday to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 432 3232. tortuga.ae


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Don’t be fooled by Loca’s extra pub model inside, this Mexican means enterprise. The menu contains one of many widest number of Mexican dishes within the metropolis with enchiladas, burritos, fajitas and chimichanga all agency favourites on the record. There’s a sports activities bar really feel to the place with huge video games being proven on the plasma screens. Nonetheless you may nonetheless discover a fiesta, as there’s a mariachi band which performs every so often.

Loca, Dubai Marine Seashore Resort, Jumeirah, day by day midday to 2am. Tel: (04) 346 1111. dxbmarine.com


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Zoco is the fashionable fine-dining Mexican/Latin American restaurant in Al Habtoor Metropolis. The interiors are darkish and heavy, however the workforce behind the oak wooden is what brings the area to life. Injecting a way of color into the meal is what they do finest, which mariachi bands, pińatas and sombreros aplenty, you may’t depart Zoco and not using a smile in your face. And any restaurant that may depart an enduring impression with a dish of guacamole is correct by us.

Zoco, The Atrium, Al Habtoor Metropolis, Dubai, day by day 5pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 4370 044. zocodubai.com

Toro Toro

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Lately renovated, Toro Toro boasts an open kitchen, flashes of foliage, tribal Latin patterns, darkish partitions and heat leather-based furnishings mish-mashed with fur and material cushions. On the menu, they’ve stored their signature favourites with the addition of some thrilling new dishes. The favored Monday women’ evening continues to be as busy as ever.

Toro Toro, Grosvenor Home, Dubai Marina, Sat to Weds 7pm to 1am, Thurs and Fri 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 317 6000. torotoro-dubai.com


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Gaucho first opened its doorways within the metropolis 2011, which by Dubai requirements means it’s a stalwart on the DIFC eating scene. Serving up cuts of meat with as a lot aptitude because the extravagant decor, Gaucho makes it clear from it’s intensive menu of prime steaks (in addition to it’s ever-present animal prints and leathers) that this isn’t one for the veggies. On Saturdays the steakhouse has a women’ evening. In addition to providing three free drinks to the women from 8pm to 11pm, there’s additionally 50 per cent off the bar meals menu.

Gaucho, Gate Village 5, DIFC, Solar to Thur 9.30am to 11.30pm, Fri and Sat midday to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 422 7898. gauchodubai.com

Asia de Cuba

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Asia de Cuba’s menu, created by Cuban-born Govt Chef, Luis Pous, is a fusion of Latin and Asian cuisines. Visitors can anticipate to tuck in to theatrically served delicacies served as much as reggae beats and a reside band a number of nights every week throughout the multi degree restaurant, bar and terrace. Highlights on the menu of sharing dishes embrace Tunapica Tartare with crispy wontons, toasted coconut and avocado ceviche, shrimp churros with sesame and coconut curry and roasted Peking duck with chili herb salad, tortillas and hoisin.

Asia de Cuba, Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Sat to Mon, Weds and Thur 7pm to 11.45pm, Tue and Fri 7pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 511 7333. asiadecuba.com

COYA Dubai

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Peruvian restaurant, COYA, arrived in Dubai 5 years in the past, and has stood the fateful check of time amongst Dubai’s wonderful diners. The deal with good high quality meals, balanced with vigorous environment has stored the venue on the correct tracks. With reside music, and themed annual events, COYA achieves a enjoyable eating expertise each time.

COYA Dubai, 4 Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Seashore Highway, Sat to Tues 12.30pm to 11.45pm, Wed to Fri 12.30pm to 12.45am. Tel: (04) 316 9600. coyarestaurant.com

Mama Zonia

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Mama Zonia will take you on a journey by the Amazon rainforest because of its jungle-themed decor, tribal leisure and tropical, Latin American delicacies. Cut up into an expansive terrace which overlooks Dubai Marina, the restaurant is full with open plan grill kitchen and uncooked bar, and an upscale cocktail bar marvelled on Havana’s legendary ‘La Floridita’. The menu is made up of unique jungle-themed dishes together with an uncommon ‘black widow’ gentle shell crab taco.

Mama Zonia, Stage 2, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 12pm to 2am, Sat to Weds, 12pm to 3am, Tues, Thur and Fri. Tel: (04) 240 4747. fb.com

Chamas Churrascaria & Bar

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A carnivore’s dream, this Brazilian churrascaria restaurant serves 18 totally different cuts of meat in a single sitting, carved at your desk from sword-like skewers. Go away your coaster with the inexperienced facet up for extra; flip it over to pink for a break. There’s an actual social gathering environment with common reside music and its endless stream of waiters meting out prime quality meats.

Chamas Churrascaria, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Highway, day by day, 6pm to midnight. Tel: (800) 276 963. fb.com/Chamasdubai

Lodge Cartagena

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Latin American-inspired restaurant, Lodge Cartagena, embraces the theme of quirky venues based mostly round fictional characters (see: Miss Tess, Mr Miyagi’s et al). Primarily based on the 72nd flooring of JW Marriott Marquis, the colourful restaurant has beautiful views of Dubai. The place is adorned by neon lights, vibrant wallpapers and fake foliage hanging from each nook. It’s daring, brash and has prompt wow issue. On provide is a sharing menu with choices known as Bites, Empanadas, Chicharones and Crudo.

Lodge Cartagena, JW Marriott Marquis, Enterprise Bay, Dubai, day by day 5.30pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 560 1799. hotelcartagena.ae

Dealer Vic’s

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Whereas the menu could also be Asian fusion, Dealer Vic’s vibe is synonymous with Cuban music and Latin dancing. The resident band ‘Havana Bit’ carry out day by day and the bar space is continuously used as a dance flooring for Dubai’s finest newbie salsa dancers to observe their strikes. Simply choose a accomplice and salsa across the bar all evening.

Dealer Vic’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 9.30pm to 1.30am, day by day. Tel: (04) 368 6559. tradervicsmadinat.com


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In a sea filled with Peruvian eating places, Waka stands out: it has a Latin American flare and superbly introduced delicacies. The trendy décor coupled with an evening brunch that’s value staying in all Friday for makes this a vigorous new addition to the Dubai eating scene.

Waka, Oberoi Lodge, Al A’amal Avenue, Enterprise Bay, Sat, Solar, Mon & Weds 7pm to midnight, Tues, Thurs & Fri 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 444 1455. waka.ae

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