Best Latin American restaurants in Dubai
Time Out Dubai is the definitive voice on Dubai's best restaurants, including Latin American restaurants. Here's a guide to where to get the best cerviche.
Hot tamale! Latin American cuisine has many of our much-loved foods from Tex-Mex to the pearls of Peru. Dreaming of a night of tacos, empanadas and churros all while being entertained by a Mariachi band? Or do you go crazy for a chunky guacamole? Time Out has visited each and every restaurant to put them through their paces, assessing factors including quality of food, ambience and service. Popular or relatively unknown, we’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.
When entering this Latin American restaurant, you can’t miss the sculpture of a fierce bronze bull, there to remind you that this place means business when it comes to food. The staff, who are thankfully friendlier looking, show us to our table. The décor is mature, with low amber lighting and contemporary art. The menu is excellent from top to bottom. For starters, try for the smoked guacamole, which goes well with crunchy tortillas. Choosing a steak for your main course is a must. It will be cooked perfectly. For a special meal or a night out with close friends, Toro Toro is one to add to the must-list.
Straddling the line between steakhouse and Latin American restaurant, Gaucho is one of the most consistently good venues in Dubai. The stylish dining room has plenty of cowhide in it, should you somehow forget what the main draw is. And we always find the steaks here are of the highest quality. They’re presented to you by a waiter who talks about the different cuts and breeds and how each one tastes. We love the Tira De Ancho, a spiral cut rib-eye dressed in chimichurri sauce. Aside from steak, whole sea bass is a good sharer, grilled red prawns are sweet, charred and absolutely lovely, and the small plates feature a good selection of ceviches, tiraditos and other Latin staples, such as empanadas and causas.