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Located within the popular Madinat Jumeirah complex, Tortuga is a colourful and casual Mexican joint with a great outdoor terrace. It would be too easy for this place to fall into cliché territory with its Mexican drinks promotions and emphasis on a lively night out, but the food from noted international chef Carlos Hannon doesn’t allow that. You’ll find a comprehensive selection of Mexican staples such as enchiladas, burritos and fajitas, plus a few standout dishes like Los Cabos swordfish, Acapulco shrimp, Yucateco tuna and Sinaloense sea bass. Tortuga fits comfortably in a niche between the high-end Mexican restaurant with foodie focus and a sombrero-loving theme joint. It all adds up for a fun night out with decent food.
Open daily noon-midnight. Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730)

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