We thought we might find a few ‘nopales’ on the menu, in keeping with the name of Dubai’s newest Mexican restaurant, but there was not a cactus leaf to be found anywhere (they make a great salad, believe it or not). Luckily the menu offered lots of other Mexican favourites, enough to make choosing just one an arduous task.
The restaurant has a cosy feel to it with the rich earthy tones of Mexico highlighted with techni-colour Aztec fabrics and plenty of wood. There are just five tables in the secluded upstairs gallery, while downstairs rocks to the sound of the resident DJ’s.
We filled up more than we should have on nachos with a very fresh tomato salsa, but we did wait a very long time for someone to take our order. Once ordered, our starters arrived quite quickly, but then we were offered coffee and pudding while we waited for our main courses — we can only assume this was a mistake rather than policy. Once the staff get to know each other a bit better we hope that they will communicate and prevent this happening.
The muchos nachos, was a mountain of nachos dripping with melted cheese that was so good that I almost forgot to leave space for the next course. The tostada supreme was a simple, fresh salad served in a giant taco shell. My companion’s crispy potato skins, another ample portion were also delicious, if a little less than crispy.
Her San Remo chicken was rustic and tasty. The plates, like the food, were chunky and colourful. We had to try the fried ice cream, which was hot, crispy and creamy – all that you could wish for in such an unlikely dish. Apple chimichanga was served with an unexpected scoop of bright green ice cream, which both surprised and delighted us – it was almond flavoured and really delicious.
This is a great little venue, and we predict that if you go with a group of friends, many an epic and memorable evening will be spent here.