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Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa
Nominated for Best Barfood
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Teaming with atmosphere, this lively Mexican restaurant and nightspot is ideal for chatty groups and anyone looking to continue the party after their meal. Tortilla chips land on the table as swiftly as you sit down and the staff seem rather keen to get the food under your nose as quickly as possible. The starters seem to be the standouts here: try the ceviche de pescado, bite-size chunks of raw kingfish marinated in fresh lime juice and tossed with papaya, tomatoes, coriander and red onion. The massive crumbed jalapenos oozing with melted cheese, meanwhile, will enliven your arteries. When we visited, the beef short ribs arrived disappointingly overcooked and the fajitas main on a rather weathered skillet, which seemed to overpower and flavour the meat. Traditional Mexican desserts are also on offer, including a take on the popular dulche de leche – the version here being a three-milk cake served with chocolate ice cream.
Open noon-midnight. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 346 1111).

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