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Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Lounge, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
Nominated for Best Latin American
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This recently refurbished modern fine-dining Mexican venue is a sleek affair, complete with terrace seating, a DJ and an outdoor bar. You’ll find a good selection of mixed drinks, but the food can be a little on the non-adventurous side, with the usual suspects including enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos and fajitas all fighting for your attention. The key here is to stick with starters (though, disappointingly, we found the marinated huachi ceviche to be drowning in sauce). Opt for the Maya nachos with bean puree, pico de galle and topped with a duo of cheeses and jalapenos or wild mushrooms and goat cheese on huarache flatbread with truffle oil. If you’re guacamole-inclined, there are four different types you can choose from, including one dish with pomegranate and apples. There are also a good number of options for vegetarians and gluten-intolerant diners, such as vegetarian fajitas with grilled marinated vegetables.
Open daily 5pm-midnight. Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.maya-dubai.com (04 316 5550).


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