Taqado Mexican Kitchen, Business Bay

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on June 1st, 2016

About

We’re not talking about sombreros, handlebar moustaches and jumping beans, but classic Mexi-Cal cooking with authentic ingredients, just like you’d find at a sizzling street kitchen in San Fernando, California. 

Taqado has a fresh approach to food, full of flavour not flavourings. They never want to feel guilty about what they’re serving you, which is why they find the freshest ingredients, marinate their own meats and mash ripe avocados into great-tasting guacamole every morning. 

Review

Taqado Mexican Kitchen is one of its kind “mexi-cal” franchise that has opened up it doors in numerous places all over Dubai! We first tried this place almost a year back in food court of the Mall of the Emirates. It was almost midnight then and the staff didn’t shy away from yelling at the passerby’s to grab a Mexican dinner before they actually shut down for the night! To be honest it was the huge vessel of chunky guacamole next to the sour cream that caught my eye and we decided to settle for a burrito that we shared and henceforth became true fans for this place! 

The good thing is Taqado has a fresh approach to food that emphasizes on fresh ingredients being used like they marinate their own meats and literally stock up on avocados to mash up their own guac every now and then! They have an easy 3-step menu order system and also alongside over several sides! We’ve been here multiple times and have never had a bad experience! In fact just writing about the food makes me salivate! 

The Food

My wife always goes for the “low-carb” option so she ends up eating the salad or the burrito bowls. As for me, I like trying everything on the menu! The few things we’ve eaten there include:​

The Grilled Grass Fed Steak Torta:
A torta is basically a burger bun according to their description but its actually a small hot dog shape bun. Chose the steak as the filling along with some sour cream, and pinto beans and some salsa! Came with a side of hot and crisp nachos. It was part of their brekkie menu and was too damn good! The quality of the meat and everything else is a subject I can’t emphasize enough. Just makes everything taste so much better! 
Grilled Chicken Burrito:
Humongous! A big parcel full of goodness! I chose the chicken with plain rice and sour cream, pinto beans and some parmesan for my filling and it was a really good combination! Half way i did feel it has become a bit bland but luckily their in-house sauces(kept on every table) just do the trick! I literally had to split my eating time as it was SO filling but also so good! 
​Grilled Chicken Salad:
She chose grilled chicken, spicy salsa, kidney beans and some sour cream on the bed of leaves in her box. I tried a bit of it and was amazed yet again on how she can always get her order so right! It was a really good combination and fortunately wasn’t overwhelmingly filling! Of course we experimented with all kinds of hot sauces available.
​Chicken Burrito Box:
Another amazing selection! This one was Spanish rice, kidney beans, herb and lemon chicken with a bit of sour cream and parmesan cheese but in a box! Apparently its 200 kcal lower if you just skip the bread and surprisingly it wasn’t being missed! This choice of box had enough going on of its own and was a reallyyyy big portion! 
​Apart from this they have a wide selection of sodas which come in cute glass bottles and priced decently at 12/- AED! For desserts I’ve always seen churros but the grand meal that precedes a dessert usually is so satiating that we’ve never managed to get a portion! A full meal is decently priced between 35/- to 42/- AED.

The coffee is 100% Arabica and its a dream to be able to find a place that does good food AND real coffee!!!

Special mention to the staff of the Bay Avenue joint in Business Bay! These guys are super sweet, helpful and ever-smiling! One of them has also studied acting for 3 years! Talk about multitasking! 

Rating

​Interiors –
Excellent

Location –
Excellent

Ambiance –
Good

Value for Money –
Average

Service & Hospitality –
Good

Quality & Taste of Food –
Good

Cost –
About AED50-100 Per PAX

Cuisine –
Mexican

Address –
​Ground Level, Bay Avenue, Executive Tower, Business Bay, Dubai

Verdict

A most definite Yes. Taqado can put other Mexican joints to shame. Their rich menu accommodates something for everyone, and trust us the food is so good, it’ll get you addicted! 
​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.


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