Taste Tortuga with a competition – presented by Madinat Jumeirah
“The next big thing on the food and restaurant scene this year is a Mexican renaissance,” so claimed chef-cum-TV star Anthony Bourdain during our interview at Cayman Cookout a couple of weeks ago. And something his fellow celeb chef friends echoed – Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert and Daniel Humm.
Quite timely given we have a brand new home-grown Mexican restaurant just open in Dubai – Tortuga Mexican Kitchen and Bar at Madinat Jumeirah’s Mina A’Salam where the Wharf used to sit.
‘Tortuga’ is the Spanish translation for turtle, and the green species is Mexico’s national marine animal – also found convalescing within the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah before being released back into the sea.
More importantly Tortuga is helmed by Mexican chef Carlos Hannon who promises home-cooked authentic Mexican fare and hence his strapline ‘mi casa es su casa’. Don’t worry you won’t find turtle on the menu . But you will find the signature dish of moreishly good molcajete (melted cheese in a hot volcanic bowl) – trust me I’ve tried it – a live tortilla station (the crispy corn tortilla rounds aka tostada topped with duck confit is my fave), and those addictively delectable churros (crunchy fried choux pastry dipped in hot chocolate). Plus Carlos’ hometown craving, torta ahogada from Guadalajara – a chunky and crusty sandwich drowned in a dried chilli pepper sauce. For the full flavour, read the menu here which even includes a Mexican food dictionary.
Or even better, enter our competition so you can taste for yourself. We have two prizes up for grabs for FooDiva readers in Dubai – two dinners for two to the value of AED500 per couple including non-alcoholic drinks. All you need to do is tell us your favourite Mexican dish.
Leave your answer as a comment on this post AND using the submission form below. You can increase your chances of winning by commenting and sharing the competition post on FooDiva’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram channels. The giveaway competition closes on 15th February when the clock strikes midnight, and two winners will be picked randomly (through random.org) on 16th February. You will have 24 hours to claim your prizes otherwise we’ll have to select other winners.
Good luck and a bientôt!
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