The Atrium at Al Habtoor City is up and running with homegrown Mexican ZOCO opening its doors.
Led by Chef Jimmy Rojas Lopez, who can count Alain Ducasse and Oscar Calleja as mentors, it is the first significant opening at a complex that is set to be one Dubai's leading dining hubs.
When fully operational, there will be seven outlets spread through the The Atrium, which itself is connected to St Regis Dubai, W Dubai and Westin Dubai, each with their own collection of eateries.
But for now, the focus is very much on ZOCO. Described as a 'homegrown soulful Mexican come Latin American' it is awash with colour and light. And music, with a DJ providing a Latin soundtrack through the restaurant and bar until 2am.
Reflecting on his menu, Chef Jimmy said: “I like to respect the product and enhance its natural flavor while playing with different textures and flavors, using a variety of culinary techniques to create harmony in each dish. The guest should have a sensorial experience with my food.”
Design is modern and industrial, with the images showing a range of curious metalworks and exposed brickwork archways.
As with all major restaurant launches in Dubai, there will of course be a brunch, too. Named El Carrito, ZOCO’s brunch fiesta will run - and this is a novelty - at actual brunch times (11am-3pm). Available from the mid/end of October, it will feature table service and be priced from Dhs250.
Themed nights at the bar will be common, namely Thursday's 'Jue-bebes', and Tuesday's Senoritas.
Zoco, Al Habtoor City