We take a closer look at the Madinat's classy new restaurant and lounge
Time Out Dubai staff
Dubai is clearly in the grip of a Latin American invasion. Do the maths, and in 2013 there were no fewer than ten Dubai restaurants openings serving up cuisine from Peru, Brazil, Cuba, and neighbouring countries. And the trend shows no sign of slowing down, with the latest hotspot Tortuga, a self described Mexican Kitchen and Bar, recently opening its doors in Madinat Jumeirah’s Mina A’Salam.
Headed by award-winning Mexican Chef Carlos Hannon, promising a mix of hearty rustic food, lively bar atmosphere and a huge range of specialist Mexican short drinks, it looks like one to watch. We’re told the name Tortuga means turtle in Spanish. Fitting, then, that the parent hotel hosts a group of turtles who are being rehabilitated, before they are released back into the Arabian Gulf and will then make their way to the Pacific to lay their eggs on the Mexican coasts. Open daily noon-2am, www.tortuga.ae (04 366 6730). Check our guide to new Latin American restaurants in Dubai here.