Time Out Dubai is the definitive voice on Dubai's best restaurants, including Latin American restaurants. Here's a guide to where to get the best cerviche.
Hot tamale! Latin American cuisine has many of our much-loved foods from Tex-Mex to the pearls of Peru. Dreaming of a night of tacos, empanadas and churros all while being entertained by a Mariachi band? Or do you go crazy for a chunky guacamole? Time Out has visited each and every restaurant to put them through their paces, assessing factors including quality of food, ambience and service. Popular or relatively unknown, we’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.
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.
Sophisticated, stylish, masculine, chic '“ it is easy to run out of superlatives describing this Argentine-via-London export. It would be easiest to say it does not disappoint on any level and that is why it is regularly packed with city slickers appreciating the finer things. The chrome fittings, monochrome palette and cow print chairs would feel ostentatious in a less confident restaurant but here, along with the knowledgeable and stylish staff it comes across as self-assured. Probably because there is a feeling anything coming out of the kitchen will hit the right note. Steaks are the specialty and staff will explain the numerous and well-procured cuts at length. Simply put if you can afford premium prices there is a steak here you will never forget. Before that try the duck and beef empinadas and round off with a salted dulche de leche and hazelnut.
The closest Dubai has to the full-blown cabaret drama of the legendary Moulin Rouge club, this Shangri-La restaurant is as dramatic, atmospheric and downright entertaining as anything you're ever likely to experience in the city. Where else could you dine while a woman dances with half a dozen hula hoops and a man dressed as a hipster bear lurches between tables? Styled live a vaudeville theatre with tables in and among the performances (of which there are many including magic, music and, memorably, dance) a meal here as a performance. Thankfully the cast of talents includes a chef turning out exciting Peruvian dishes timed to arrive between the various acts to take the stage. The concept is tapas and sharing platters with three set menus available, ranging from Applause at Dhs320 to Encore at Dhs495. This is not a place to be shy '“ go all out and indulge in plates such as the quinoa-coated prawns with passion fruit, five-spice lamb shank and wagyu rib eye with mango and truffle chimichurri.