After a year’s wait I’m pleased to see that La Taqueria is now open in Business Bay. La Taqueria was the dream of a few passionate Mexicans who wanted to open their own business and to cook up food which tastes like home. I heard some rave reviews about La Taqueria ahead of it’s opening and finally managed to visit recently.
We visited at 4pm on a Friday afternoon and found the place almost packed which was a good sign. La Taqueria had only officially been opened for about four weeks, but sure enough word had got out and a mix of Mexican and other nationalities were enjoying a late Friday lunch.
The menu is short and sweet, there are enough dishes to satisfy your Mexican cravings, but not so many that you can’t decide what to order. Thankfully Isaac, the friendly guy who I first got to know at the opening of Taqado, took us through the menu and suggested a few dishes that we would enjoy.
We dined on many dishes but the ones that stand out include , a selection of tacos (loved the prawn one and the sweet barbacoa), some gorgeous refreshing ceviche (seabass and prawn with the prawn being my favourite again). Side orders of chunky guacamole, silky smooth black mole and some tortilla chips plus a few spicy dips completed the savoury part of our meal.
Everything is made fresh on site with the majority of items being sourced from Mexico. Tortillas and even a gluten free version are made on site daily too As well as the food itself, we loved the modern presentation of the dishes and the lightness of the meal overall. We left feeling satisfied but not overly stuffed despite having had quite a few carbs for lunch, something which is normally quite lethal.
A Sweet Ending : With just a little room for dessert, we ended on a sweet high with Jericalla which is like a rich creme brûlée but not as sweet. Dig in quickly if you are sharing for this one goes down a treat, but at 10/AED it’s a snip if you don’t want to share.
Drinks : A large mug of sweet hibiscus accompanied our meal which was served over ice and oh so refreshing on a hot Dubai summer day. We finished on a caffeine high with a latte made with gorgeous Mexican single origin coffee from one of my favourite Dubai Roasters, Gold Box Dubai.
I can’t wait to go back to try out their breakfast menu, plus I’ve seen a sneak picture of their Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead) which looks pretty awesome. Also hoping they will start selling some of their lovely coffee mugs, plates and crockery which has all been imported from Mexico and is oh so cute.
Prices : Good. There’s nothing over 65 AED (the average is about 40/aed) so you won’t leave will empty pockets.
Location : It’s close to Dubai Mall but far enough away so you don’t pay over the top prices, plus there’s plenty of free underground parking which is a bonus.
Team : The team are all Mexican and their love of the menu and the food is contagious, with a fun and buoyant atmosphere whilst you dine.