Where you should head this weekend: La Carnita

Toronto based Mexican restaurant La Carnita has finally opened its doors to the public last weekend and it’s so worth the wait.

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The restaurant is all kinds of cool, starting from the urban designs, chic interiors, old school hip-hop music and delicious food. La Carnita takes places in Intercontinental Dubai Marina and is open all week from 5pm-2am.

Once you walk in there’s street art all around you, and many seating areas suitable for groups or couples. There’s also a comfy seating area near the window overlooking the marina.

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La Carnita serves street Mexican food with a latino twist. Their menu includes options of starters, salads, main courses, tacos and desserts. They also have a section for vegetarian tacos which is certainly a plus.

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We ordered “Pollo Fritto Tacos”: fried chicken thigh, peanut lime, hot sauce, salsa, and green cabbage, and “Crispy Oaxaca”: Oaxaca cheese, pinto bean, pickled carrots, chipotle sauce, green onion and cilantro. Both tacos were very tasty, and what I loved is that the portion is perfect for one person. Lets you have a room for starters and desserts!

We then ordered tortilla chips to munch on while enjoying the music, we went for their special three dips: corn salsa, guacamole and spicy beans. My favorite was the corn salsa it was light and delicious.

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Ending it on a sweet note we got the churros, and oh my it was the definition of comfort food. I don’t remember the last time I’ve had churros that tasted this good.  And the Dulce de Leche dip (caramelised condensed milk) was too tasty, we finished it off with a spoon after devouring the churros. This was my favorite part of the meal!

Prices wise I think it’s very good, unless you’re having a main dish, nothing exceeds 40 Dhs.

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I definitely love the place, the staff there are so welcoming and the ambience is filled with great vibes. Definitely recommend it for a casual hangout with your friends or for simply catching up with your bestie while munching on delish Mexican food and enjoying some good tunes!

Fact: La Carnita originally started as a pop-up place where artwork was sold and tacos were given for free.

 

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