Latin American restaurants are trending in Dubai and Waka is the new restaurant to join the bandwagon. The concept of Waka is based on modern Latin American cuisine and the phenomenal menu has been created by executive chef Roberto Segura.
Located in the Lobby Level of The Oberoi, Waka is owned by the same team who opened up Craft Café in Dubai Design District.
Waka’ s menu features most of the popular dishes of Latin America, especially Peru. Loved the creative culinary twist to the classic dishes and colorful presentation.
Last evening we were at Waka for dinner. The Latin American inspired decor is vibrant, playful and gorgeous. The venue has a welcoming and friendly vibe.
Being vegetarians, we hardly get good options while dining at a Latin American restaurant, but we were overjoyed to find a separate vegetarian menu called The Harvest Menu.
Their drinks menu is impressive with a range of cocktails, mocktails, Pisco sours, wines and other spirits. We ordered the Acai Mojito and Chicha Colada.
The Acai Mojito had a blend of Acai berries with lime, mint and soda. Chicha Colda is their signature mocktail made with purple corn and presented in a pineapple shaped jar. It had a smoky flavor and tasted amazing.
We sampled many dishes from their Harvest menu.
Wakamole is Waka’s version of Guacamole. It was the regular guacamole but what was different here was that it had a light smoky flavor. We relished it.
Mushroom Ceviche made with wild mushroom, avocado, plantain and cancha was refreshing and crunchy. It made a great appetizer.
Corn Salad looked so gorgeous that we didn’t feel like eating. Made with three kinds of corn, heart of palm, pomegranate and rocket leaves, it was delectably tasty.
Canario Beans had a great texture and rich and creamy flavor.
Crispy Potatoes were made with yellow potatoes and baked to crisp perfection. It was topped with aioli.
Meatless empanadas can taste excellent and Waka is the testimony for that. The Spicy Corn Empanada was utterly delicious and had us asking for more.
Wild Mushroom Taco was the veg option for soft shell taco. It was a bit bland and didn’t tickle our taste buds.
Quinoa Truffle Risotto was another winning dish. It had quinoa instead of rice and made a great combo with aji Amarillo, truffles and wild mushrooms. A definite must-try!
Spicy Quinoa Fondant was highly recommended by the staff. And I am glad we ordered it. The Fondant was made with 70% Peruvian cacao and served with chirimoya ice cream along with rocoto chili and toasted quinoa. It was beyond amazing, we loved it.
Mini Paletas were mini frozen popsicles. It came in three flavors- passion fruit & white chocolate, lucuma & dark chocolate and chirmoya & dark chocolate. Our favorite was the lucuma and dark chocolate one.
We had a wonderful dining experience. The food, the drinks, the service and the atmosphere was outstanding. Can’t wait to visit Waka again.
Hasta la vista!
Phone: 04 444 1455