Restaurant Review: Pachanga, The Hilton JBR

It's the king of theme nights with award-winning cuisine
Tuesday , 08 May 2012
Pachanga manages to rise above clichés
Pachanga manages to rise above clichés
Nausheen Noor at Pachanga
Nausheen Noor at Pachanga

Pachanga
Location: The Hilton JBR, Dubai Marina, Dubai
Tel: 04 318 2530
Web: www.hilton.com
Dress code: Smart-casual (and bring your dancing shoes on Wednesdays!)
Cuisine: Latin American
Times: 6pm to midnight, daily
Price Range: $$$

Pachanga is the king of theme nights, and despite negative connotations associated with themes, this venue manages to rise above clichés and deliver award-winning cuisine.

Tuesday night’s churrasco buffet is a bounty for carnivores with 14 – yes, 14! – types of meat served up on platters or carved at your table by waiters donning traditional Latin American gaucho hats. Or perhaps you’re a hopeless romantic who yearns to be part of yesteryear’s era of dinner dances? If so, Wednesday at Pachanga could be the one to sweep you off your feet. Tango Dubai hosts a free lesson for diners and later a pair of polished Tango pros give expert performances to show novices how it’s really done.

If it would take more than a few caipirinhas to get you up in the middle of a milonga (that’s a group tango dance, apparently), then recline in the colonial-style wicker chairs, enjoy the view and marvel at the menu – it’s an education in Latin American cuisine, both new and old. We revelled in trio de lagosta (three preparations of lobster with gazpacho, ragout and avocado), followed by traditional Brazilian grilled ‘churrasco’ meats on a skewer and Wagyu tenderloin served with garlic and parsley fried tapioca, which tasted like light, crunchy roasted cubes of potato rosti. Sunday’s roast spuds may just have found a  new rival!

Food for Thought: Nausheen Noor, Blogger, Dubai Bites
“With all the new hotel and restaurant options in Dubai, the Hilton JBR often gets forgotten. It’s just a five-minute walk from my apartment, so we end up coming here a lot for a quick bite en route elsewhere, or just a relaxing weeknight meal in the neighbourhood. The king crab salad is light and refreshing, perfect for this weather. Love the oven roasted tomato, avocado and mango combo!”

On the Menu

APPETISERS
Quesadilla portobello mushroom with tomato salsa, guacamole and sour cream, Dhs45
Pan-seared Ecuadorian prawns with zucchini salad and crispy garlic, Dhs95

MAINS
Traditional mixed churrasco meats, Dhs230
Patagonian lamb leg tMellini served with seared loin, Dhs145

DESSERTS
Dos Amigos – chocolate mousse, chocolate biscuit and dulce de leche ice cream, Dhs65
Creamy Venezuelan chocolate on jownde biscuit with lime ice cream, Dhs70

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