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Latin American restaurant Tamoka opens in Dubai

Located just off The Walk, JBR, the restaurant overlooks Bluewaters Island and the Ain Dubai

A new beachside dining destination has opened its doors by one of Dubai’s most popular shorelines in time for the arrival of winter sun tourists.

Tamoka is inspired by the rich cultures of the Antillean islands, as well as Tulum, San José and Lima towards the shores of Cartagena, Caracas, Panama City and onwards to the Caribbean islands. The concept aims to emulate a journey through Latin America and the Caribbean in both aesthetic and flavour.

Tamoka is open for lunch, sundowners and dinner, and a resident DJ provides the tunes.

The spacious, open-plan restaurant comprises outdoor seating and fire pits, sunken lounges and a ceviche bar with hints of indigenous Latin American craftsmanship throughout the décor.

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A concept within a concept, Caña by Tamoka is a licensed bar offering light bites and drinks crafted by mixologists

Created by chef de cuisine Cesar Bartolini, the dishes at Tamoka include small plates such as the ‘tinga, a contemporary Mexican dish of slow-cooked confit chicken inside a freshly baked bun drizzled with a  chipotle sauce, and ‘costillas, crispy beef short ribs marinated in tamarind and chayote.

Signature seafood include the ‘centolla‘, Alaskan king crab with little gem lettuce served with an Argentinian-style dressing and salsa; ‘langostinos‘, Patagonian prawns with creamy coconut rice and a traditional spicy huancaina sauce from Peru.

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Meat options include the ‘ojo de bife‘, an in-house dry aged Wagyu rib-eye served with a roasted pineapple mustard.

Signature desserts include the torta rum, a Caribbean spiced rum cake served with a caramelised banana, and the anana, a tropical pineapple carpaccio served with fresh kiwi, passion fruit and a delicious coconut sorbet.

Tamoka is open daily from 12pm to 1am on weekdays and 2am on the weekends. For more information, visit www.tamokadubai.com

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