Time Out Says
So when Puerto 99 opened on Bluewaters Dubai, promising authentic Mexican food, we had high hopes, especially given it occupies one of the best spaces on the island’s waterfront.
There’s a bar upstairs, a spacious dining area downstairs and a terrace with brilliant views across to JBR. Service in the bar is woefully slow, so after a quick drink head to the restaurant.
We’re promised traditional Mexican food and there are some interesting items on the menu. In fact, we’re told that ingredients and flavours are sourced from 19 states of Mexico. Despite the bold claims, dishes hit and miss.
Firstly, shout out to the guac, which is some of the best around. A massive earthenware bowl contains a chunky, green avocado dip, studded with pomegranate, adding a delightful, sweet crunch.
However, that’s the high point. Baja shrimp tacos, with large batter-fried prawns, stuffed into a flour tortilla with chipotle-lime mayo, are okay. The skirt steak ones are also fine, with a layer of crispy cheese next to the meat.
But nothing really wows and it’s not authentic street food – all pretty heavy and lacking zing.
A roaming mariachi band is entertaining, if a little cheesy.
Puerto 99 has potential, but we won’t be making like Speedy Gonazales to return.
WHAT IS IT...
An average Mexican restaurant at Bluewaters Dubai
For the guac and the views, but there are better places to go
By Time Out Dubai staff | 28 Oct 2019
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