Pachanga

Latin American

  • Pachanga

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Location: - Dubai Marina
Tel: 04 318 2530
Travel: Al Sufouh Road
Metro: Jumeirah Lake Towers Metro Station
Cuisine: South American, Steakhouses
Dresscode: Smart Casual
Experiences: Alcohol available, Beachside, Outdoor seating, Live music, Smoking permitted, Pork served
Times: Open daily 6.30pm-11.30pm
Price range: Dhs500+
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  • Dominik MJ Nov 20, 2011 11:49 pm
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    We went to Pachanga because of the great reviews - and because it seems just different as the most other steak restaurants.

    Staff was very friendly and professional - the hostess desk was unattended for a couple of minutes [the restaurant was though empty] - but after the original hick up everything went very well.

    The fresh baked bread was amazing. The dips were so-so - a great tasting chili mayo, a nice tomato butter & a bacon'y olive oil dip - last one, was in my eyes too much - the rest was a bit underseasoned.

    After that we got the tortilla chips and guacamole - in my eyes unnecessary and unsuccessful - the chips had no real flavor - the guacamole fresh, but not really creamy - made out of unripe avocados.

    The starters were a rated: Sarah, my wife had a onion soup - [which was a bit too French - but from the flavor great] - I had foie gras two ways - a slap of pan-fried foie gras, which was really soft, creamy juicy - however had a strange eggy flavor and a fantastic mango foie gras mousse [to die for].

    After that we got an alcoholfree Mojito espuma - tasted like not fresh squeezed lemon juice [where is the lime] and blended mint [hence didn't had anything in common with a mojito but with the everywhere available lemon-mint drink].


    Mains were good, but not as good: Sarah had a beef tenderloin - she only ordered 250 g but got a real big piece. She ordered it medium but got it medium well and slightly overcooked; but it was still very enjoyable. With it came 4 stalks of grilled asparagus [not very flavorful], some mushroom sauce [tasted not homemade] - I forgot about the carbs...

    I had the churrasco - which were different spits of meat carved at the table plus I got an array of side dishes [salad which was nice, but not really to rave about, French fries, which were cold [and commercial bought ones], steamed rice [really boring] and a fried banana [tasted like dessert].
    Meats were ribeye [good], flank steak [very god], lamb [fantastic], chicken [mushy and strange tasting; was very disappointing - was really spoiling the whole experience].

    After that we got a grilled pineapple [tasted good] and desserts.

    She had a chocolate cake with a gooey interior with vanilla sauce and vanilla ice cream [she was raving about this] and I had dulce de leche parfait [I have exchanged coconut sorbet with vanilla ice cream, as I don't like coconut]. My dessert was absolutely not as successful, the parfait was not really half frozen but a cold, with too much gelatin filled dulce de leche cream, on top of a too hard biscuit and a leathery fruit jelly.

    There was a 2 piece latino band playing, which was a bit noisy for our taste. Like already mentioned staff were friendly, except some hick ups as some arguing bartenders in one corner, and one server, pushing noisily a garbage trolley from bar to the kitchen.

    Overall a great evening - which didn't had this typical commercial feel of other restaurants. The meat was plenty - almost too much - only the chicken was a real let down.
  • Jim B. Feb 27, 2011 04:55 am
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    Had a very nice dinner there this weekend. Will certainly come back.

    Ambience is good and the little 2 man band adds nicely to the atmosphere and the latin feel of the place.

    Food was very very good. Great meat of course. Service is also good.
  • Dr. Raji Mathew Aug 05, 2010 08:01 am
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    One of the most rewarding dinners. The Churassco night, which is every Tuesaday, includes a buffet salad, churassco as the mains and buffet dessert accomapnied with a brazilian cocktail all for Dhs.175.
    The salad buffet is a meal in itself and includes crab cake, pork ribs, salmon, 2 kinds of sausages, short ribs, mix seafood, tuna, greens and bread. This was a meal in itself. What followed was punishment. The Churassco as mains involved the waiter, bringing one by one, skewers of different meat dishes to your table and shaving it off. The first was rib eye, then lamb chops, beef, chicken and sirloin. In between this, breaded tapioca, french fries and mushrooms were served on separate plates and pepper sauce was brought along for the meat. Last to be brought was roasted pineapple. The process would start all over again depending on your choice of dish till the guests have had enough. I barely got through the first round. I was stuffed and beat. Boxed with food. The Brazilain cocktail drink which tasted somewhat like a mojito with crushed ice went well with the food. I feasted on the desert buffet with my eyes. Most were regular fare. Pinacolada cake was new and I was tempted but finally decided to leave it for another day.
    Having reached just before 11 pm there were no more than a couple of guests at the start who too left after some time. Ricardo, the waiter was great. Didn't see the Venezuelan chef but I did pass my compliments to him.
    Faults: The pepper sauce was brought midway of the Churassco onslaught. Should have come at the start. The size of the salt dispensed by the salt dispenser were too big as even one bit would be overpowering in taste. Should dispense finer salt. As a personal choice the crab cake and tapioca would have been better if it had not been breaded.
    After dinner, you could sit at the Cuban bar within the restaurant for a drink or go out and sit in the balcony and enjoy a smoke. Since you can't smoke in the bar, I headed for the Bice Skybar at the 10th floor where I rounded off the evening with a cigar and a Sinapore sling.
  • Kamila Mar 01, 2010 10:39 am
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    Awesome latino music, attentive personnel and fantastic food! It's just the best for romantic dinner!
  • Keith Fletcher Feb 20, 2010 09:45 am
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    Went there on a Tue and was suprised with the Churasco Night concept. A must try at the price they are selling.

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