Mayta Dubai is a stylish, authentic Peruvian restaurant, lounge and bar in DIFC. We visited for dinner during Ramadan 2016. We’d also had drinks on a previous occasion. Find out what to eat, drink and exactly how to find Mayta Dubai in this honest review. Mayta Dubai is a branch of a successful Peruvian chain.
Where exactly is Mayta Dubai located within DIFC
Mayta Dubai is in the iconic Gate Village in DIFC, so it sits on the board along with Cipriani, Zuma, La Petite Maison, Intersect by Lexus and the rest. However it’s not obvious to find the entrance! It’s located on top of the Capital Club, so ask where that is, take the lift to the 3rd floor and then you’ll be there.
What to expect food wise at at Mayta Dubai
Mayta Dubai serves authentic, Peruvian food and drink in an elegant, modern setting. We LOVED the ceviches that they selected for us. Puro was our favourite and apparently the most classic type of ceviche that all good Peruvian restaurants should serve. We also tried the Chifa, that’s salmon cevice with soy and peanuts, as well as the mercado tiradito.
The last ceviche was very new to me, as it also contained parmesan cheese and avocado!
We had some ‘small share’ plates of crispy squid, quinoa salad and chicken croqetas to follow. The croqetas looked very similar to a dish we had recently at La Luz, but tasted quite different. The Mayta ones focused on chicken. The crispy squid was a little too sweet for our party, as it was coated with a spicy honey and pineapple salsa. This would have been better with a little more chilli we thought. From the hot main courses we liked the Cod Rostizado the most.
The flavours were punchy and the combination of ingredients was excellent.
Their signature dish of Arroz con pato looked very impressive and the confit duck leg literally fell off the bone and was very tasty. We were underwhelmed with the flavours of the rice though and thought this was a little pricey at AED 309. The portion size is excellent for sharing.
Desserts were superb and we were all thrilled with our greedy selection of 3 desserts for 3 people!
Order the Chocolate Volcano with amazonian organic fondant, the Suspiro with Peruvian dulce de leche and lime cream.
You shouldn’t miss the impressive sounding but amazing tasting Quinoa Bread Pudding! I LOVED this dessert most of the all and am grateful that our waiter insisted we try it. Don’t miss it, even if you’re not a dessert person.
The ambience of Mayta Dubai
It’s slightly dark, so the ambience is more of a lounge/bar which I think suits evenings more than the day. But I haven’t been for lunch as yet. (Mayta Dubai is closed for lunch during Ramadan)
I really liked the vivid South American colours of the bar tiles and the beautiful orchid pots dotted around. There’s a real sense of space in the restaurant and there are different seating options for dining depending on how you feel and the number of people in your party.
My top picks for food at Mayta Dubai
All the ceviches we had, but in particular the Puro, the cod rostizado for mains and all the desserts mentioned above.
Drinks at Mayta Dubai
I thought Pisco sour was the classic Peruvian drink, well they have plenty of those at Mayta and I liked the classic one, but this is made with egg whites so can be a little heavy.
Apparently its the Chilcano liquor that’s more authentically Peruvian and Mayta Dubai has a variety of these on the menu, but you can also choose to customise your Chilcano with a variety of fruit, I recommend the strawberry and passionfruit added to the Clasico Chilcano.
Is Mayta Dubai worth a visit
Yes definitely, I will be back and would suggest it as a venue to meet for drinks and snacks or dinner in the Gate Village area.
+971 4 514 8774 for reservations.
It’s much less formal and showy than Coya at the Four Seasons in Jumeirah. We’re going to review Totora and Ceviche, also both in DIFC, so you can choose the best Peruvian restaurant in Dubai! Question How important is authenticity to you in restaurant? Did you know Dubai is set to have 17 Peruvian restaurants in the next 2 years?
Thank You Monica