Waka restaurant offers the most sought-after Latin American dishes with a culinary twist.
Deriving from the word ‘huaca‘ which means ‘blessed’, Waka offers a slice of Latin America to Dubai. Located at The Oberoi in Business Bay, guests can enjoy a taste of Latin culture from the moment they step in. From the vibrant decoration on the floors to the artwork adorning the walls, every detail has been carefully curated-we especially adored their colorful Acapulco style threaded chairs.
The cuisine at Waka is a fusion of Latin American flavours combined with Japanese seasonings, using French techniques. Starting with Ceviche, we tried the Generoso (78 AED), a wonderful combination of fleshy cuts of mixed seafood, crispy calamari and seaweed tempura soaked in tongue-tingling citrus marinade. The Wagyu Beef Tiradito (75 AED)-was beautifully assembled dish of thinly sliced meat topped with truffle and dressed in a subtle sauce. It was a huge hit on the table.
The moreish Barbacoa tacos (44 AED) were made with the most tender and tasty pulled beef and brought out with a fresh pico di gallo sauce on the side.
Anticuchos are a popular dish originated in Peru, and consisting of small pieces of grilled skewered meat. Upon recommendation from our server, we ordered the baby chicken marinated in yakitori and accompanied with chimichurri sauce for that additional heat. The chicken was gloriously moist and tender.
The Chocolate Bomb dessert we tried were playfully presented sphere shaped chocolate lollipops filled with quintessential Peruvian flavours. It was however, the Quinoa Fondant (45 AED) made with roasted quinoa, Peruvian chocolate and rocoto chilli, that was inventive and ended our meal on a fiery note.
Waka offers American fare with a contemporary twist and we can’t wait to go back to try the other dishes on the menu.
Waka restaurant is Located at The Oberoi, Dubai (Lobby level)
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