Love Mexican food? There’s a fancy new restaurant now open at Bluewaters Dubai and we’ve been down to have a look around.
Puerto 99 by Meschico is now open and it’s promising some tasty and authentic Mexican dishes, which sounds exciting to us.
The venue promises the “origins of Mexican culture, rich heritage and Hispanic influences in a sophisticated culinary journey through the distinct regions of Mexico”.
Dishes on the menu include guacamole with a range of toppings, Mexican cheese fondue, oysters gratin, lobster tamales, coconut drip and mesquite-roasted chicken.
If you’re a taco fan then you’ll be happy, as there’s a range from grilled skirt steak to crispy battered shrimp – all falling between Dhs30 and Dhs60.
There’s also a range of salads (Caesar, kale, roasted mushroom et al) and dishes from the mesquite-burning rotisserie grill including whole chilli-rubbed chicken, local farm-raised goat and chilli-marinated octopus.
Ingredients and flavours are sourced from 19 states of Mexico, from Baja California to Yucatán, to ensure a broad selection of tastes.
There’s also a raw bar with plates including poached and chilled jumbo shrimp, Alaskan king crab legs, Canadian lobster, oysters, yellowfin tuna, Mexican poached octopus and local red snapper. You can also get sharing seafood platters at Dhs280 (small) and Dhs600 (large).
The venue itself is split into multiple dining areas with décor coming from Mexico. Everything from lighting to tableware has been produced by Mexican artists and brought over to the UAE.
Puerto 99 sits next to the sea boasting superb vistas across to JBR and Dubai Marina. There’s even a resident DJ to get the fiesta started.
And it’s not the only restaurant to open on the island recently as a brand-new Syrian spot is also now serving.
Sah El Nom brings Damascene-Syrian flavours to the new area. The restaurant itself is bright, white and airy, with an expansive terrace for cooler weather.
The restaurant boasts top views of Ain Dubai and is inspired by the Syrian TV show Ash Al Nawm. It aims to help guests to “spend quality time with friends, family and loved ones” and offers up a range of traditional Syrian dishes such as lentil soup, fattoush, mezze such as baba ganoush, stuffed vine leaves and batata harra (spicy potatoes) and traditional ouzi short ribs.
And if you’re looking for more Latino vibes, you’ll want to check out the brand-new Havana Social Club at Caesars Palace Dubai.
It’s time to take a trip across the bridge to Bluewaters.
Open Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed 12.30pm-1.30pm, Tue, Thu, Fri 12.30pm-3am. Bluewaters Dubai (04 557 6627).