Tortuga - Mina A' Salam, Madinat Jumeirah

by Pawan Manghnani on April 14th, 2016


The warmth and flavours of Mexico have arrived on the Arabian Gulf shores. Tortuga is the new vibrant and colourful Mexican restaurant in Dubai at Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah. Headed by the newly appointed Mexican Chef Oscar Rito, guests at Tortuga are invited on a culinary journey to authentic Mexican home. 

Enjoy Dubai’s newest and most exhilarating fiesta, where the food will revive your soul and the Latin music of Kalle 8 and drinks will make you sway. The Mexican restaurant Tortuga welcomes you to its home: Mi casa es su casa.


It was date night for my wife and I on a Thursday night and we dicided to give Tortuga a try. We both love Mexican food and the location seemed apt for a night like this. 

As we walked through the romantic passages of  Mina A' Salam, we just hoped that we would get a table. Fortunately when we reached we were greeted by the oh so perky and full of life hostess who said there are tables available and we’ve come at a good time.

The Ambiance:

We chose to sit by the lake and it seemed like most of the crowd was seated outside as well. The ambiance of the outside arena is very chilled out and fun because of the colorful cushions and bright lighting. People of all ages were seated and they seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves and the food. Strangely a lot of people were celebrating some kind of anniversary and the in-house singer with the other servers and an instrument playing(banjo?) guy would come out and loudly sing and cheer for the person. The cutest was they would sing a line or two in Spanish as well! Sombreros were handed out every time to the person celebrating or to their loved ones for pictures and stuff!

The Food & Service

As we sat, our server introduced himself to us and bought us the complimentary nachos with salsa and sour cream as dips and handed out the menus for us to decide our food. So we decided on the Chicken Burrito and the Chicken Adobado from the grilled section. We asked our server to make the food spicy as we both relish some heat in out food, and he said he would give us the Habanero Sauce on the side. 

We got to catching up and clicking photos while trying not to amusingly sing along the crew overtime they bought a cake and did the whole sing song thing. 20 mins into ordering our food had arrived and it looked scrumptious. 
Yup, it was a large portion and easily shareable and taste wise too it did entice the buds or maybe it was the fact that if you dip anything into sour cream it becomes magically yum!
Emm, sorry but my Grilled Chicken came with some really oily skin all over it. So we were surprised to their version of grilled but we dug in regardless in the name of a “cheat-day”. The bird was nicely cooked and came with a spice rub but it just wasn’t enough for us, so we reminded our server guy for the Habanero Sauce. He literally ran inside and bought a cup full of it. Mindlessly I dug my cut piece of chicken on my fork into the sauce and swallowed it only to realize the amount of insane heat a Habanero Chilli has. Ouch my burning lungs. I could warn the wifey and prevent such a disaster so that was good I guess. We inhaled our food in like 15 mins and were eyeing the dessert menu.
We decided to go with the Tres Leche Cake served with Pistachio Ice Cream because both of us are HUGE fans of it. When it arrived it looked real promising but the taste was highly disappointing. We’ve had some really good Tres Leche around town and this one just did not cut it. The cake was hard and dry and it obviously wasn’t soaked enough in the 3 milk connotation reducing the taste of the cake, and the Pistachio Ice Cream was fine on its own but not with the cake! The combination was just strange.



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About AED100-150 Per PAX

​04 4323232, 04 3666702

​Mina A' Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai


​We loved everything about this place all the way from the service to the ambiance to the food just sans the dessert! I would say its worth the spend for special occasions or if fine dining is your style then absolutely do try it! 
Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) love food. It's the only thing they eat. They embark on a unique adventure every evening trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out their various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.

Posted in Food ~ The Tasterpreneur    Tagged with mexican, mexicana, madinat, madinat jumeirah, jumeirah, romantic, romance, dinner with a view, spicy, mexico, corona, tequila


Lavi - April 16th, 2016 at 2:42 AM
Boy, I do want to visit Tortuga especially after reading this.

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