Time Out meets one of the many entrepreneurs in Dubai to discover a little more about their work - here we check-in with Taqado Mexican Kitchen general manager, Tim Hocks
Time Out Dubai staff
What was the inspiration behind Taqado in the first place? Taqado comes from the minds of a group of people who were very passionate about bringing a great quality, Mexican food-focused business to the region. We took our inspiration from other great quality food businesses around the world and added the quirky twists that we have now become famous for.
Everyone loves Mexican food (unless you’re a fool, that is!) but what do you think makes Taqado such a roaring success? There’s a couple of reasons for this. We’ve always tried to remain small and different, with an emphasis on working with creative and challenging individuals while growing like crazy. The focus is, and always has been on the food, our staff and our interiors, and we work hard to create the closest possible atmosphere to a Mexican fiesta.
How proud are you of the fact that the brand seems to have really struck a chord with the people of Dubai? The Taqado phenomenon has been been quite a journey. Everyone involved is massively proud of what we have managed to achieve in such a short space of time. The experience personally has been very humbling and exciting, and we’re not done yet.
What’s your favourite dish on the Taqado menu? Huevos Rancheros. It’s part of our all-day breakfast menu, and a traditional recipe from one of our original Mexican employees.
We hear you’re all set to open a branch in Media City. When is the grand opening and how will you keep the notoriously fussy media types, especially the food editors, happy? We’ll be bringing the Taqado Mexican madness to Media City in September. Expect the usual Taqado craziness, plus amazing coffee, all-day breakfast and of course, the No. 1 burrito in the UAE. Food Editors, we’re coming for you.
What were you doing before you started Taqado? Strictly food, and in this order; London, Dubai, Bali, Dubai.
What is your ultimate dream for the business (world domination, surely?!) and how are you going to achieve it? Yes absolutely, the Taqado Luchadors are already out in force rounding up the troops!
Any exciting plans in the pipeline you can tell us about? Life moves in strange circles and there’s a massive gap in the market for creative, challenging, exciting F&B such as Cocktail Kitchen and Miss Lily’s. Retail is moving in an interesting direction too, so who knows what’s going to happen in the next few months…