VaKaVa is a Pan Latin Grill and Lounge at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, where vibe and flavour come together to set your soul on fire. Immerse yourself in celebrity chef Richard Sandoval's creations and let yourself be greeted by a heartwarming 'hola' and a genuinely warm welcome that makes you feel like you’ve just arrived at a vibrant fiesta.
Chef Richard Sandoval grew up watching his grandmother cook in Mexico City, learning not just how to craft flavours and dishes, but how to turn meals into celebrations. Using inventive cooking techniques, today Chef Sandoval loves to experiment with modern Mexican, Latin-Asian, Peruvian and Pan-Latin cuisines.
If you’re a guacamole fan, you’re going to fall in love with the restaurant’s Smoked Guacamole, while the Ceviche Huachinango (seabass, sweet potato, coriander, leche de tigre and red onion) is perfect for people who love a citrusy zing with their seafood. The Soft Shell Crab Tacos (smoked paprika aioli, avocado roasted capsicum tartare, lemon) are worthy of a second-order, while the Beef Cheeks (eight hours slow-cooked beef cheeks, purple corn, red wine creamy polenta), Veal Back Ribs (potato purée, coriander chipotle char siu) and Dynamite Lobster (fennel, chipotle sauce, orange coriander, red chilli, tempura) are sure to impress. If you’re coming with a hungry group of friends or a large family, you can’t go wrong with the Rodizio Family Style Brazilian Charcoal Grill, serving a free-flow of the world’s best cuts.
If you’re a woman out in the city on Tuesday night, check out Ipanema Tuesdays, offering special deals for ladies. The feisty Venga Venga Brunch is fantastic for a weekend party with friends.