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Restaurant review: A taste of classic Latin flavors at Deseo – News

Published: Fri 21 Jan 2022, 00:05

Eating out isn’t just about great food, it also has a lot to do with the ambiance, the views and, of course, the service. Deseo at ME Dubai, located in the heart of the Business Bay area, offers all of the above and more.

With its tulum-inspired rugs, warm overhead lighting, verdant terrace dotted with palm trees (and other foliage that gives it an Amazon rainforest appeal), and matched views of downtown Dubai’s skyline and the Burj Khalifa, the restaurant provides the perfect getaway for diners to enjoy the cool Dubai weather in an al fresco setting while munching on mouth-watering Latin American dishes.

The menu offers a range of delicious dishes influenced by Latin American cuisines, namely Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Mexico and more. Their cuisine combines authentic dishes prepared by Executive Chef James Knight Pacheco. Born in Venezuela and raised in Britain, Chef Pacheco has had considerable exposure to two different cuisines, which has been well represented in his presentations. “For me, textures and taste are more important than the appearance of a dish. I want the flavors to linger long after guests have finished their meal,” says Pacheco.

And it sure did for us. For example, Chef Maiz’s signature entrée Maiz was rich in flavor and texture, which we were told was a blend of corn varieties, including the famous Choclo, the Italian parmesan cheese, and accompanied by Top quality Italian winter truffle. Also unforgettable was their Wagyu Picanha, marinated in Peruvian chili peppers and coriander, which gave it that extra something. The cooking was done in a way where you could almost smell the hot iron grill.

We also loved the sharing platter concept, where dishes are not plated but served as a platter for guests to share, much like you would eat Arabic Ouzi.

Deseo’s signature desserts are a treat to watch. For example, their Pina Colada is presented in a tray of smoked dry ice and when placed in fresh pineapple, it unfurls from a cloud of mist and fog. Of course, the churros are another hard item to ignore. Served with dips like vanilla and Dulce de Leche (concoction of sugar and milk), we just couldn’t stop at one!

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