Tortuga Mexican Kitchen | What’s your first Jumeirah dining memory or will Jumeirah Restaurant Week be your first ? From 23rd May to 31st May UAE diners can visit a wealth of Jumeirah restaurants and dine from a range of 3-course set menus starting from AED 90 at the noodle house, AED 120 for casual dining, AED 180 for signature restaurants, and AED 270 for the Burj Al Arab’s two participating restaurants.
Over one week, 10 cities, 62 restaurants, 30 cuisines, 2000 chefs globally and up to 12000 diners expected
Jumeirah Restaurant Week allows foodies accessibility to what might be perceived as special occasion restaurants and a chance for our chef’s to highlight each restaurant’s top dishes for the best value.
My Jumeirah Memory (sometime in the year 2002 I think) : After a early morning water skiing session I was dropped off at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and being told to go visit the Dhow and Anchor for lunch. Dressed in beach gear, with sand on my feet and the customary salty windswept hairdo, I remember hesitantly walking through the opulent lobby trying to look cool but expecting to be shooed out at any moment for not wearing hotel appropriate clothes. As a member of staff approached, I gulped and was rehearsing in my mind how to turn around quickly and get out without anyone seeing my embarrassment, but to my delight this was not the case and I was welcomed in by the friendly staff who were keen to show me the way. Back then a visit to a 5* hotel was novel and something I rarely did, something actually reserved for special occasions (little did I know that when I later moved to Dubai this would be a regular occurrence).
Subsequent holidays to Dubai saw me enjoy many of the restaurants at the Madinat and enjoying wandering along the waterfront to partake in a chilled drink or coffee. And last week, saw me revisiting the area again as I attended a press preview lunch at Torguga (a new Mexican kitchen) at Mina A’Salam.
Show casing traditional cuisine from different regions of Mexico we we treated to a who host of dishes as Head Chef Carlos Hannon and the team took us on a culinary trip through the menu. Not your traditional Tex Mex affair (although you can order that), Tortuga offers more authentic, dare I say rustic mexican dining with a clever menu show casing some regional favourites (the Ceviches as a great example) as well as traditional dishes covered in sections of the menu titled ‘My Grandma’s Corner’. The dishes served were tasty, beautifully presented although personally I think Chef played it safe on the heat, as some of the dishes were not as spicy as I would have expected or liked, but he assured me that on request any dish can be made more spicy to suit individual tastes. You can even take a tour around the Chilli room and be taught about the different chills used in the restaurant.
Here’s a sneak preview of some of the dishes we tasted and my personal favourites. You can dine at Tortuga for the set price of AED120 during Jumeirah Restaurant Week. or you can book via RoundMenu here >> Jumeirah Restaurant Week
Although we didn’t sample any on the day, the choice of Margaritas though a ‘build your own margarita’ menu looked exceptionally good as did the Ladies Night and Day which is a whole 12 hours of fun every Tuesday.
Disclaimer : I was an invited guest at a press preview of Jumeirah Restaurant Week – all opinions are my own.