Dubai with its rich cultural diversity is continuously gaining an upsurge in all fields including Food & Beverage industry. Each day is marked with new beginnings and deals in every sector here. Prevalence of multi nationalities has lead to a massive growth of restaurants, be it a petite café, casual, fine dining or food trucks.
Food lovers are always seeking different tastes when it comes to eating which not only includes a different cuisine but ambiance and location equally motivates to try a particular venue……
DIFC has a cluster of some great eateries and many more are still to come…. Totora Cebicheria Peruana is another Peruvian addition in DIFC serving authentic cuisine from the land of Peru.
The restaurant has earthy color scheme, dim light effect wooden table tops with turquoise and olive green touch in the chairs makes a decent ambiance with a very good walking space between each table. Some points really add beauty to the entire setting , organized seating and capaciousness is one of them, Totora has it all!
The restaurant serves Peruvian food at its first level and caters its guests till late midnight in the basement level in a stylish lounge & bar.
We were warmly welcomed by the proficient staff, while being seated in the calm atmosphere it was good to see the detailed menu which was going to be part of our entire dinner. Smart & well informed Stavroulla was a great guide and interpreter during the evening.
Traditional Peruvian drink Chicha Murada was served to us which is so refreshing with a mix of some healthy ingredients & purple corn etc , clear flavors of clove & cinnamon comes in the very first sip.
I would definitely write down the details of each dish so as to explain how much we actually enjoyed each item along with their special sauces/accompaniments.
We had ‘’Cebiches’’ the special raw fish which is a must try when you come here, richly dipped in lemon juice and Peruvian spices . I could not resist sipping on those juices combined with tuna , Octopus and shrimps…..
1. De Bario …..which was a mix of Octopus, Shrimps & Sea bass with boiled cassava and crunchy corns … different & delicious!
2. Nikkei …… Tuna and Avocado with Nikkei Soya Sauce
3. Champinones…… Mushrooms in lime juice with corns and coriander……. All these recipes with their unique combinations gave me some great tips for home cooking as well.
Some more great items were the Sushi style rolls with traditional Peruvian Sauce ‘’Rollos De Maki’’…….
And ‘’Quinoa Rolls’’ ……. Quinoa , Red Snapper & Avocado served with rocoto Sauce.
Platos Pequenos ….. A selection of Peruvian small dishes.
Empanadas De Carne….. small stuffed patties with beef with chimichuri sauce.
Anticuchos …. the traditional marinated grilled skewers.
De Pollo ….. very soft and juicy chicken pieces on skewers .
Being a meat lover I relished each and every course. The main course itself was all about variety in meat, which on our special request was done alcohol free. The taste , moistness and flavors in lamb and duck were unmatched. With such a supreme taste in main dishes , the serving quantity should be looked after which seemed a bit less than norm. But again if you have tried so many items like the ones mentioned above , I thinks it would be fine.
The mains were:
1. Seco De Cordero… braised lamb with some Peruvian chillies and spices.
2. Arroz Con Pato….. Duck with very deliciously prepared rice, coriander & chillies.
3. Quinotto….. White Quinoa with mushrooms , parmesan & black truffle oil.
1. Tres Leches… spongy cake with evaporated & condensed milk topped with cream & berries.
2. Classico Peruano….. it was a heavenly rice pudding with purple corn sorbet and fig crumble.
Presentation and taste were equally amazing , I will definitely go for the rich, moist & ultimate Tres Leches.
My full recommendations are for this Peruvian cuisine, I would say try the same menu for complete indulgence in excellent flavors and some unique combinations.