March 4, 2016 / Leave a Comment
Part of the recently built Taj Hotel, Tesoro is one of Dubai’s many pan-latin/Peruvian concepts. Yes there are a lot of these, but Tesoro is one that delivers in my books.
Visiting for brunch, we were lucky to score a table right by the window, gazing out at the fantastic Burj Khalifa view the restaurant possesses. It may be one of the best dining views in Dubai, and when the Opera House construction is finished it should look even prettier.
The drinks on offer for the brunch were superb – plenty of bellinis and passionfruit inspired cocktails were imbibed, and the wine was also very drinkable. Pisco sour too of course, but I can’t quite handle egg white in cocktails! Make sure you upgrade to the sparkling package to have access to the bellini varieties.
A wide range of stations is on offer at this brunch, and of course with their Peruvian roots they offer a ceviche bar, that comes replete with plenty of options for vegetarians. Vegetarian ceviche which was a first for me, but was very tasty and also included a Japanese mushroom and spring onion mix served in martini glasses (and sushi too). Interesting to see a little bit of Japanese creeping into the Latin offering here.
For paella fans, there is giant one just waiting for you to dive in, with all the suitable condiments to accompany it. Sadly I couldn’t try this as it was a seafood paella, but by all accounts from my fellow diners it was on point.
Yes there’s the requisite salad bar, yes there’s a dessert bar, and an extensive cheese selection too. Let’s get on to my favourite part though – the truffle vege tempura!!! Another hit for the veggies, this was beautiful morsels of vegetables fried to perfection in crispy tempura batter, then smothered in a stunning truffle mayo sauce. It was so delicious and so moreish, I went back for thirds! Thirds!! In the end I had to be strategic about saving my stomach room for more of the mouth watering tempura.
Plenty of hot dishes were on offer with lamb, peppers, rice – and outdoors hosted yet more stations. A barbecue grill fired up succulent cuts of chicken, seafood and lamb with a wide choice of mayos and sauces in varying degrees of heat so everyone from the timid to those craving a chili hit can get their fix. It was interesting to see grilled avocado in the mix on the grill also. Next door to this a roast beef was cooking on the grill – I had the end pieces so in all honesty it was too ‘done’ for my liking as I prefer my meat medium rare. Might have gotten more so by the middle but a little tricky to keep it on the rarer side when it’s sitting on a grill for the duration of the brunch.
Ice cream was also on offer outside for those with a sweet tooth that wasn’t fully satisfied by the cake pops and multitude of mini desserts on offer inside. As a surprise to us, churros with both dulce de leche and chocolate sauce were delivered to the table towards the end of the brunch. These were amazing and the highlight of the sweet courses hands down – so leave room!!
Our entire table walked away full and very happy from this brunch. Even my visitors who aren’t big diners were extremely happy they visited Tesoro. I love that it sticks mainly to it’s Peruvian roots and avoids the international path so often trodden in Dubai. I’ll definitely be back!
Price: Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (mixed drinks), Dhs495 (sparkling grape). Fri 1pm-4pm. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 438 3100).