Another week, another Peruvian restaurant review. There seems to have been a lot recently, but when something’s hot, it’s hot. And Totora is another great addition to DIFC’s dining scene.
When you enter the stylish, colourful dining room you have to cross a rope bridge. A. Rope. Bridge. Awesome, right? From that bridge, peer down into a sleek sushi bar-style lounge, complete with a DJ booth. It’s downstairs where the party happens. But we’re upstairs and we’ve come to eat.
The menu will be mostly familiar to anyone who has eaten in Mayta, Coya or Garden, but here, things seem a bit more rustic. And while we’re still not seeing guinea pig on any menus, our waitress tells us that the chefs at Totora want to bring a taste of Peruvian home life to diners.
What you will find is a selection of ceviches, tiraditos and causas, as well as Peruvian-themed maki rolls and small plates. More substantial dishes include wok-fried saltados and grills.
The zesty dressing on the sea bass ceviche is a real hit, and we’ve never had octopus with such a tender texture as it has in the tiraditos.
The highlight of the meal is the lomo saltado – unbelievably juicy and tasty stir-fried beef tenderloin, wok-fried with potatoes and tomatoes, though the quinotto (quinoa, risotto-style) is close second and a great partner for it.
Things get better with dessert. The aguaymanto garden is a tart gooseberry panna cotta that sits alongside a warming cinnamon sponge cake, pecan crumble and chocolate sauce.
Indeed, another high-end Peruvian joint, but this time with a little more homely charm than some of the others around.
The Bill (for two) 1x ceviche natural Dhs75 1x octopus tiraditos Dhs85 1x meat empanada Dhs35 1x lomo saltado Dhs130 1x aquaymanto garden Dhs45 1x sorbet selection Dhs40 1x large water Dhs25 Total (including DIFC tax) Dhs583
The Bottom Line Neat venue, good service and top food.
Totora Cebicheria Peruana