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Taqado Mexican Kitchen
Nominated for Best Budget
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As one of the most atmospheric venues in Dubai Marina, Toro Toro is a popular nightspot in its own right. But this pan-Latin lounge should not be overlooked when it comes to food, as you’ll struggle to find a more imaginative and stylised place to eat this cuisine. The concept of celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s restaurant is all about sharing dishes, with the menu dominated by small plates of steak tartare, grilled octopus, ceviche and the like. The ceviche has become something of a signature dish, made with salmon, snapper, tuna or prawns. Opt for a tasting platter to try a variety of dishes, and don’t miss out some of the hot places, including grills of wagyu steak or Chilean sea bass. This modern take on Latin cuisine is quite unlike anything else you’ll find in the city.
Open daily 8pm-2am. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, (04 317 6000).

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