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Dubai embraces dining delights from the farthest reaches of Peru

Dubai has dabbled with every culinary theme going, from classics to flash-in-the-pan fads, so some may be skeptical about the latest flavor of the month: Peruvian fare. But this is no passing trend: a new generation of Peruvian chefs is elevating local ingredients and traditional methods with modern flair, earning the country a reputation for fresh and exciting flavours. Here are a few of the Dubai spots serving these magical Mayan meals.

Garden Peruvian Restaurant

Scrubbed wooden tables, bright murals and pots overflowing with greenery make Garden {5th floor, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road; 971.4.414.3000} a colourful setting for a traditional Peruvian sharing dinner. Classics such as Ceviche—raw fish cured in a zesty citrus marinade, topped with crunchy corn kernels, and sweet potato—can be washed down with Peru’s favorite spirit at the Pisco Bar.

Garden Peruvian Restaurant Dubai

Inka

Peruvian staples get a fine-dining twist at Inka {31st floor, Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai; 971.4.346.9295}, where warm golden hues and dark wood paneling set the tone. Stylish plates include Scallops Tiradito, a take on ceviche, with plump scallops marinated in a piquant citrus and cilantro salsa.

Inka Dubai

Mayta

Mayta {Capital Club – Level 3, Gate Village, Building 3, Dubai International Financial Centre; 971.4.514.8774} is the second branch of the celebrated Lima restaurant from Peruvian chef Jaime Pesaque, a key figure in Peru’s culinary renaissance. Try the Costillas de Cordero—grilled rack of lamb—and Papa a la Huancaina: one of Peru’s 3000 potato varieties, served in creamy yellow chili sauce.

Maya Dubai

Totora Cebicheria Peruana

The signature dish at bright and modern Totora Cebicheria Peruana {Gate Village, Building 7, Dubai International Financial Centre; 971.4.399.9666} is Ceviche Natural; a mouth-watering combination of sea bass, lime, red onion, sweet potato, and cilantro.

Totora Cebicheria Peruana

Ceviche

Ceviche {Emirates Financial Towers, Podium Level Retails 148-149, Dubai International Financial Centre; 971.4.326.6333} seeks to replicate the heart of Peruvian cuisine, which was born in family-run restaurants and street stalls. Dishes include Anticuchos (marinated, grilled beef heart) and Seco de Cordero (braised lamb chops with canario beans).

Ceviche Dubai

Pollo Pollo

Pollo Pollo {34 Umm Al Sheif Street, Umm Suqeim; 971.4.399.9950} is Dubai’s first dedicated pollo a la brasa; that’s a Peruvian chicken restaurant. Whole chickens are marinated in spices and roasted in Peruvian ovens, sealing in juices and enhancing flavors.

Pollo Pollo

Toro Toro

The brainchild of famed Latin American chef Richard Sandoval, Toro Toro {Grosvenor House Dubai – Tower 2, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai Marina; 971.4.317.6000} combines sultry décor with dishes from across South America, from Salt Cod Croquettes and Ceviche to roasted meats, carved at the table.

Toro Toro

Story Rooftop Lounge

This top-floor venue has fast become a hangout for the cool crowd, with live music and funky interiors. A menu of Peruvian sharing dishes and weekly barbeque brunches has earned Story Rooftop Lounge {Holiday Inn Express Internet City, Behind Zayed University, Dubai Media City; 971.55.773.0010} a reputation as more than a nightspot.

Story Rooftop Lounge

Coya

Elegant earthy tones and clean design set the tone at Coya {Restaurant Village, Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2; 971.4.316.9600}. The award-winning brand’s Dubai outlet celebrates traditional cooking and precision plating, while the Pisco Lounge mixes classic cocktails using homemade infusions.

Coya Dubai