WORKING UP AN APPETITE Where to go to let off steam after a hard day in the office? These choice picks at the heart of business hubs are the perfect spots for some downtime
MAYTA DUBAI Mayta injects some much-needed life into a previously reserved— and let’s face it, sometimes stuffy—corner of DIFC. Taking over the third floor of the Capital Club, the colonial atmosphere gives way to sexy dark wood panelling, Aztec wall hangings and hip Latin American beats.
Leave any formality at the door. The Peruvian eaterie, with native Jaime Pesaque at the helm, encourages you to get the party started at the cosy bar with an extensive range of pisco-based cocktails, from traditional sours to a delicious passion fruit variation. The menu meanders through a range of sharing plates, starting with ceviches and tiraditos and expanding to marinated and grilled cuts in anticuchos, brasas and ‘big shares’—if you make it that far. Slivers of seabass artfully tossed with shavings of ginger and plantain and given a coriander twist in a tangy ceviche are so meltingly light, they leave plenty of room for the steak tataki spiked with daikon radish, soy and ginger and mariscos, a delightful medley of squid, potatoes and green beans, smothered in spicy aji chimichurri. Surprisingly traditional dishes are given a modern spin with carefully orchestrated presentation while the Peruvian love of marinades, herbs and spices lifts every dish from the ordinary to the sublime. Desserts are a revelation, from dulce de leche paired with meringue, custard and lime sorbet, which enliven every tastebud, sweet and sour, to gooseberry pannacotta and a stickily indulgent and citrusy quinoa bread pudding. Mayta Dubai, Capital Club, Dubai International Financial Centre +971 4 514 8774
MAY / JUNE 2016