There’s no better introduction to the fresh fieriness of Mexican cuisine than a salsa fresca made at your table. A traditional pot made of volcanic stone (molcajete) adds its own earthiness to the dish before fresh tomatillos and chillies are pounded to a pungent, juicy dip best scooped up with crunchy tortilla chips. For mains there’s a range of soft- and hard-shell tacos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas and fajitas, plus a selection of meat-focused dishes. The tacos gringo are a crisp corn shell filled with flavoursome Angus beef, cheese and pico de gallo. If you ask nicely, they'll it with lamb barbacoa. Tucked into a taco or as a main, the lamb is out of this world – it flakes into tender morsels thanks to low and slow cooking – and is packed with robust Mexican seasoning that allows the natural taste of the lamb to shine. You may not think you have space left, but the three-milk cake is so light that you’ll be surprised how easily your spoon goes back for more.
Fuego is a very welcome new entry to the Latin American food scene and we’re delighted to see Mexico’s national dishes represented so well this far from home.
INFO: Level 3, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 04 449 0977, www.fuego.ae.