In a tweet: ‘This Mexican themed bar/restaurant may be Pier 7’s most controversial opening’
Judging by the way the rest of the scene in Dubai has been developing, when Pier 7 launched some bright spark must have thought, ‘what this place needs is a Latin restaurant.’ And along came O Cacti, a new Mexican concept, and one of the first venues to open in the waterfront building.
The walls are a dusty ochre colour, the furniture is all deep wood, and the restaurant is so darkly lit you may slightly struggle to read the menu. While the place is spacious, it feels dim, smells smoky and despite being a new venue, already looks dated, dusty and actually like a very old-fashioned approximation of a Hispanic eatery.
O Cacti, it seems, is yet to find its niche, and – dare we say it – has perhaps been outclassed by some of its neighbours thus far. However, with the growing popularity of their Saturday ‘Sunset Brunch’, and serving such universally loved cuisine (who doesn’t love Mexican on a night out?), there’s still time for O Cacti to make its mark as a lively nightlife venue, if not a food fanatic’s haven.
for our full restaurant review of O Cacti.
for our full bar review of O Cacti. Second floor, Pier 7, next to Marina Mall, www.ocactiuae.com (04 452 6699).