It's Peruvian National Day on Tuesday so what better way to celebrate the occasion - which commemorate's Peru's independence - than trying these delectable dishes in Dubai.
Coya, which originally opened in London’s Mayfair, represents one chapter in the world’s current penchant for Peruvian cooking.
Atun Chifa (Dhs58)
It’s made with 100g of diced yellowfin tuna, with a dressing that contains garlic paste, chilli oil and lime juice. It’s garnished with prawn crackers, chopped chives, sesame seeds and spring onions.
Arroz Nikkei (Dhs176)
This Chilean sea bass dish is made with chilli, lime and rice.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah, Dubai (04 316 9600). Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm.
The closest Dubai has to the full-blown cabaret drama of the legendary Moulin Rouge club, this Shangri-La restaurant is as dramatic, atmospheric and downright entertaining as anything you’re ever likely to experience in the city. The Act doesn’t have separate prices for their dishes as it is a sharing concept. There are two different options you go for each with a different amount of dishes to choose from – the option you go for will depend on how many there are in the group. Ovation Dhs395 – 4 starters/4 main courses/ 2 side dishes/ 2 desserts. Encore Dhs495 - 5 starters/5 main courses/ 2 side dishes/ 2 desserts.
Arroz con pato
This is a roasted duck and coriander rice dish drizzled in orange sauce.
Ceviche de Salmon
Dine here for a la carte lunch or dinner with views of the Burj Khalifa from the third floor of the Taj Hotel.
Tempura lobster with truffle mayo (Dhs65)
When you’re working with one of the most expensive crustaceans in the sea, there’s only one real way to swank it up a notch – and that’s by adding fancy fungus. Bite-sized chunks of sweet lobster flesh are deep-fried, then rolled in a creamy truffle mayonnaise (featuring a subtle hit of aji Amarillo chilli – the Peruvian twist), and topped with a few extra shavings of the underground-growing gold. Seriously natty fusion nibbles.
Corn tortilla with guacamole (Dhs40)
Hoisin duck corn pancakes with scallions and cilantro (Dhs40)
Tesoro, Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 438 3100).
As one of the most atmospheric venues in Dubai Marina, Toro Toro is a popular nightspot in its own right. But this pan-Latin lounge should not be overlooked when it comes to food, as you’ll struggle to find a more imaginative and stylised place to eat this cuisine.
Ceviche De Huachinango (Dhs85)
Made with Sea Bass, Leche De Tigre, onion and cilantro.
Lomo Saltado Empanada (Dhs70)
This stued pastry contains beef tenderloin, oyster sauce, tomato, onion and guacamole sauce.
Story Rooftop Lounge
The rooftop views are not the highest or most breath-taking in the city, but looking across the academic district and over towards the Burj Al Arab makes this a good spot to soak up the hip atmosphere provided by a loyal crowd of after-work regulars. The view, soundtrack and chic layout are not enough, in this city at least, to ensure repeat visits. This is a welcome addition to the Dubai dining scene.Small plates are ideal for sharing. It’s well worth checking out.
Grilled octopus with rocoto sweet potato (Dhs85)
Scallop anticuchos (South America’s answer to the skewered kebab) with a lemongrass flavouring and coconut milk (Dhs75)
Open daily 5.30pm-3am. Holiday Inn, Knowledge Village, Dubai. www.storydubai.com (04 365 9911)
Pollo Pollo (Due to open September 10)
Pollo Pollo is said to be the city’s first Peruvian ‘Pollo A La Brasa’ – Peruvian Chicken Restaurant. Owner Ali Sidani has brought in an authentic Peruvian team of chefs to introduce real Peruvian flavour to Dubai. The interiors and ambience are inspired by colourful Inca traditions and the streets of Lima. The menu offers Peruvian Chicken, Alfajores, Chicha Morada and Inca Cola. The estimated opening date is September.
Quarter Chicken (Pollo a la brasa) meal (Dhs60)
Peruvian chicken marinated in their secret recipe served with two signature sauces (Aji pollero/Huancaina) with a choice of either French fries or fried Yuca and a salad.
Quinoa Salad (Dhs45)
Peruvian quinoa mixed with the freshest vegetables like avocado, lettuce, mushrooms and peppers coated with house dressing.
Mazamora Morada (Dhs15)
Peruvian pudding made from purple corn and fruit bits, spiced with cinnamon and cloves
Sweet Peruvian doughnut. It is a mildly flavoured doughnut dumpling of sweet potato and squash drizzled with their imported Peruvian syrup (miel de Chancaca)
Pollo Pollo, Umm Al Sheif Street, Umm Suqeim 1 Dubai