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Tropical Vibes At Amazonico – Dubai

Taking up three levels in the posh DIFC Pavilion, Amazonico makes a splash before we even enter the building. From its exterior, the three-level location practically glows with various shades of green. Similar to the original venue in Spain, there’s lush planting, and the atmospheric lighting beckons us closer. We enter on the ground floor, which is home to a sumptuous lounge, and the restaurant’s sushi counter. With a brightly lit bar, high ceilings, and luxe seating, this level looks like the perfect place to start or end the evening.

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As our reservation is in the main dining room, we follow the hostess up the winding staircase and into the main dining area. We walk up (and up) the stairs and into the expansive room, which immediately feels a bit like stepping into the rainforest. There’s a fancy lift (have your mobile phone ready for a fun selfie), for those in heels, or for guests with any mobility issues. With views of Emirates Towers, in the cooler months, the outdoor section would be the best bet for seating. Be advised that the tables are quite close together, so, who knows, you might overhear an interesting conversation. Once seated, we also note the additional attention to detail at the table – including romantic candlelight, and playful plating. I have a tree frog, while my dining partner’s plate is emblazoned with a jaguar.

After our waiter walks us through the extensive menu, highlighting some of the signature dishes, we settle to make our decisions. The menu itself is broken down into a variety of sections, including salad and vegetables, raw and marinated plates, Amizonico ‘bites,’ wok dishes, fish, charcoal meats, and sides. With a play of Latin and Asian flavours, there are some unique dishes to try.

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We begin with smaller plates, including Guacamole con Erizo. We ordered this mainly because we’ve always wanted to know how avocado and uni would taste together. While the avocado shines, we wish there was a bit more uni flavour to enjoy. Served with a green plantain crisp, the dish is also slightly difficult to eat. Also, while there are frog legs on the menu (!), we bypass these and instead order Aquachile, which is our favourite dish of the night and definitely one to order. The base of red snapper in this ceviche is inspired, and the blend of citrus and spice is nearly perfect. My dining partner has his eye on the Patacones Mechados, which arrives in a set of six small bites, set on crispy plantain. While the presentation could probably use a bit of attention, and we would like a bit more texture, overall, it’s an easy dish to split. We round out the starters with Atun Okinamasucon Caviar. Toro Tuna is another favourite of ours, and we’re a bit shocked to see it diced so finely. Perhaps this is a homage to a Latin dish we’re unaware of, but we prefer a bit of a rougher chop on this gorgeous protein.

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Tempted by the sushi offerings, we decide to try the Lomi-Lomi roll, which is a straightforward dish, with king salmon, avocado, and coriander. Fortunately, we’re won back over by the Entrana Marinda. While we don’t see (or taste) much of the chimichurri, the flank steak (such an overlooked cut), is cooked to perfection. Served on a unique flat pan, the dusting of salt on the side is all that’s needed for seasoning. For our side dishes, we ordered Coliflor and the Papas Cordillera. The roasted cauliflower is a bit moister than our usual preference, but we do enjoy the inclusion of black garlic cream and cashew nuts. The fried Peruvian potato adds a nice bit of starch, although we would prefer the accompanying rocoto sauce to be served warmer, rather than at room temperature. Overall, we’d also love to see a bit more on the menu for vegetarian diners.

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Given the amount of food we consumed, we give a pass to dessert. We also quickly peek at the vibrant atmosphere of the Copacabana inspired rooftop, which is also home to a one of a kind private dining space. We see this location as the perfect spot for a date night or after work drinks.

Would we go back to Amazonico? We’re definitely up for a drink in the lounge or taking advantage of the rooftop views. Service is highly attentive and knowledgeable.

Guacamole con Erizo, AED 82
Aquachile, AED 72
Patacones Mechados, AED 82
Atun Okinamasucon Caviar, AED 195
Lomi-Lomi Roll, AED 55
Entrana Marinda, AED 185
Coliflor, AED 38
Papas Cordillera, AED 36

Amazonico, Gate Village 11, DIFC, Dubai, +971 4 571 3999

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