A! List South American Restaurants

Delve into the sweet and spicy flavours of South America in Dubai
Wednesday , 04 May 2011
La Parrilla
La Parrilla
Asado
Asado
Loca
Loca
Maya by Richard Sandoval
Maya by Richard Sandoval
Salamar
Salamar

La Parrilla
Address:
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
Tel: 04 366 6730
Web: www.jumeirah.com
Dress code: Elegant
Times: 6.30pm to 12am, Monday to Saturday; closed Sunday
Price Range: $$$$
Graceful tango dancers glide across the floor, Latin American lovelies survey the carnivore-friendly dishes on offer and the aromas wafting from the parilla permeate this  sexy South American scene. Yet one glance outside at the sweeping coastline from Jumeirah to the marina via the Madinat and Burj Al Arab and you’ll know you’re definitely in the midst of beautiful Dubai. The Argentinian plantation theme and entertaining theatrics continue through the menu as skewers of meat get flambéed at your table. Australian Wagyu comes in 200g portions while the Angus goes up to 500g! Ask for the signature spicy marinade for an added authentic chilli kick.
FYI: What’s the difference between an asado and a parilla? The parilla involves a grill being placed over the coals to cook various pieces of meat while the asado involves whole animals being roasted over fire.
Signature Dishes: Gratin of crab meat and puréed potatoes, Wagyu tenderloin steak, dark chocolate and praline cake.

Asado
Address:
The Palace, Burj Downtown, Dubai
Tel: 04 428 7888
Web: www.theaddress.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 7pm to 12am, Sunday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$
Carnivore-centric canteens can often morph into stuffy, business-centric lunch spots, but this lively waterside spot offering great views of the Dubai fountains, throws preconceived notions completely off kilter. The authentic Argentinian ethos pervades every aspect of this warm, family-friendly restaurant, from the live band to the cosy leather seats to the open Parrilla grill from which wafts the most mouth-watering scents. Although vegetarians and non-red meat eaters will find plenty of options (like humita nortena el plato, a traditional corn stew, or the degustacion de cerviches, lobster, scallop and tuna cerviche), the star of this South American show is most definitely the steak. The truly ravenous will succumb to the lure of the Parrillada Argentina (a mix of baby goat, veal brisket, lamb chops, veal sweet breads and Argentinian sausage).
FYI: Argentineans consume the largest quantity of red meat in the world.
Signature Dishes: Empanadas selection, Asador-roasted baby goat.

Loca
Address:
Dubai Marine Resort, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
Tel: 04 346 1111|
Web: www.dxbmarine.com/loca
Dress code: Casual
Times: 12pm to 3am, Sunday to Saturday
Price Range: $$
Lime-infused hammour ceviches, guacamole with all the trimmings expertly assembled table-side, melt-in-the-mouth ribs and a plethora of other Mexican delights entice at this riotous, beer-on-tap party place that draws in the plasma-screen focussed sports punters and South American expats yearning for an authentic taste of home. Expect exposed brickwork, silver industrial pipes and massive wooden tables in this chilled venue that tempts you to over-order with an extensive menu.
FYI: This Mexican restaurant boasts beer spouts at tables and brews imported from around the world.
Signature Dishes: Corn husk tamales, banana-leaf wrapped roast lamb, tres leches cake.

Maya by Richard Sandoval
Address:
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina, Dubai
Tel: 04 316 5550
Web: www.richardsandoval.com/mayadubai
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 7.30pm to 12am, Monday to Saturday; 6pm to 2am, Monday to Saturday for the lounge
Price Range: $$$$
Celeb-chef Richard Sandoval’s authentic Mexican magic is emblazoned across Maya’s menu. This much lauded outpost of the always packed New York-based, Margarita-making original has charmed hard-to-please Dubaians thanks to consistently good food. There’s also the crowd-pleasing Tex-Mex style offerings, a lively band that keeps the tempo upbeat and an outside terrace overlooking the beautiful resort, which makes locals feel like they’re on a perpetual holiday. Make sure you order the guacamole that’s mixed table-side with great fanfare and a pestle and morter.
FYI: A little flaunted fact is that Chef Richard Sandoval’s has won the Cordon D’Or Culinary Academy Awards 2011 for Culinarian of the Year USA/Mexico.
Signature Dishes: Shrimp quesadilla, lamb shank, cinnamon and sugar churros with Mexican hot chocolate.

Salamar
Address:
Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina
Tel: 04 399 5000
Web: www.grandjumeirah.habtoorhotels.com
Dress code: Casual
Times: 12.30pm to 1am, Sunday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$
Shisha-smoking señors and señoritas stay enamoured with the verdant setting of this multi-bar, multi-terraced, honey-hued haunt, hidden in the lawns of the Habtoor Grand. The DJ sets the tone for the lively atmosphere that ricochets up a notch as the night goes on. The casual vibe belies the fact that some fashionistas have clearly donned their glad rags for a pre-prandial pick-me-up while others in elasticised waistbands  are clearly there with good food in mind. The char-grilled asparagus, deep filled burritos, coconut-cream marinated chicken skewers and feta cheese and spinach pastry all pack a tasty punch.
FYI: Add an extra touch of glam to your night by heading to the Habtoor’s stylish beach club, XL, to dance off your dinner.
Signature Dishes: Trio of hummus and chermoula spiced chicken eslata.

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