Mexican restaurants in Dubai
Time Out has a list of some of the leading Mexican restaurants in Dubai, including taco huts in Jumeirah, or fancy dining spots in Downtown or Marina
Whether it's tacos, burritos, or just some old fashioned guacamole, there's a whole load of Mexican restaurants around Dubai for you to try. Here are just a few...
This Mexican restaurant and sports bar is a perennial favourite of many Dubaians. Its enduring popularity stems to its lively vibes in the evening, chilled vibes during the daytime, and brilliant food vibes the whole way through.
Perhaps unbefitting of its slightly quieter location, Loca is regularly busy (its five-hour Friday brunch deal is superb value) and attracts a very loyal customer base, and everyone we’ve known to visit this place has been bowled over by its brilliant range of rustic Mexican grub with an up-market twist.
Fajitas and enchiladas are order of the day here, and they’re awesome. (Vegetarians should head straight for the glorious mushroom quesadillas.) Get the guacamole, obviously, and see it being prepared at the table by the expert waiting staff. But don’t hang around before absolutely devouring this beauty, because it tastes as good as it looks.
This place also specialises in the Mexican mixed drink, with a dedicated menu where you can choose which flavour you want and how you want it.
With a gorgeous view out from the restaurant’s outdoors area, this is one you need to have on your list.
The bottom line
Super fun spot with great guacamole.
Tucked away by the waterways of Jumeirah’s Madinat, this Mexican eatery offers shaded outdoor seating, which just so happens to be adjacent to a rehabilitation pool for injured turtles (the restaurant’s Spanish namesake).
While it’s still on the warm side, you may want to take a seat indoors, where the tall ceilings and Mexican décor, coupled with a fine-dining edge, give the place an authentic yet contemporary feel.
The menu has recently undergone a revamp, and it’s hard to resist the molcajete Tlajomulco – a medley of melted cheese, Pasilla chilli sauce, avocado, coriander and corn tortillas, with optional shrimp.
An oven-hot stone bowl is heated and presented with a tomato and chilli sauce, along with shrimp. A lump of cheese is added and instantly begins to melt. We dip it all up eagerly.
We also love the chicken burrito, and almost defy a comfortably full belly to order another. The vegetable quesadillas are delightful, as is the fresh, tasty guacamole.
It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy – the sort of comforting feeling only good Mexican eats can bring. We’re left delightfully stuffed, and will return in the winter for certain.
The bottom line
A great spot for some Mexican grub.
The Atrium at Al Habtoor City is vying to become the go-to spot for nights out and one venue that’s certainly worth checking out is ZOCO. The impressive menu features guacamole, tacos, scallops with passion fruit, and banana leaf roasted chicken. It draws from traditional Mexican and Latin cuisine, but teasing it out of grandma’s kitchen and into a contemporary cocina. ZOCO has several tacos in its armoury and we recommend the lobster offering. Somehow the soft shells manage to withstand both the packed-in filling and its intense flavours. The salsa and “mojo de ajo” (garlic sauce) work perfectly with the lobster, at no point overpowering. The banana leaf-roasted chicken is another hit, and as it comes with baby potatoes and Argentinian chimichurri, you won’t need to order additional sides. Excellent food in a really cool venue.
It’s worth heading to Poco Loco, especially for the tacos. Staff are friendly and accommodating and the restaurant is filled with colourful murals. Latin American music plays in the background and the atmosphere is fun with a family-friendly vibe. Reliable South American favourites like tortilla chips with guacamole are all there, as well as more unusual dishes such as kingfish skewers. Opt for the taco tasting tray featuring six different soft shell tacos, including meat, seafood and vegetarian options. The crunchy shrimp tempura with spicy jalapeño salsa is our favourite. The grilled lamb chops with salsa verde and salsa roja is a good main, but you’ll need to order sides. The meat is chargrilled, juicy and leaves you wanting more. This is a great place to come with family and friends for a relaxed and fun evening or for a light lunch.
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