INKA is a newly launched restaurant & lounge serving Peruvian cuisine in an art-deco setting, it was launched about 2-3 weeks ago. They also have an in house DJ every night and live music including a bongo player every Thursday evening. Previously known as 31st is now INKA restaurant & lounge.
Where: INKA, Sofitel Downtown.
Perfect for: Some good quality Peruvian food with a breathtaking view
– Ceviches clasico AED 60
– Aji Amarillo AED 65
Starters & Salads:
– Seafood Tempura AED 55
– Quinoa Salad AED 55
– Mushroom quinotto AED 80
– Lobster & black truffle potato gnocchi AED 145
– Peruvian Mess AED 55
Service: Very sweet and friendly. Our server Centiya, recommended some excellent dishes for us, according to our preference and personal liking. The manager moved to Dubai just 2 weeks and was already well versed with the restaurant / place.
What we loved: The quality of food! Especially the Ceviche clasico! It was super delicious. Definitely, one of the best Ceviche clasico’s in Dubai. We have tried almost every best peruvian spot and the quality of food here surely beats most of them. Seafood tempura was nice. If you love shrimp, you have to try this dish, its very juicy and the spices in it are on point. For vegetarians, the Mushroom quinotto (the mix of the risitto and nikkei sauce is perfect) and the Quinoa salad (with amarillo dressing) are appetizing and filling at the same time. We also really liked what we chose for dessert, suggested by our server. The Peruvian mess, well you have to taste it, it will definitely surprise you, let us know what you think of it in the comments here once you have tried it!
What we didn’t like as much: The lobster dish was a bit different, it was just the basic taste that we didn’t quite love. The quantity of the dishes were a bit too less for a sharing concept, we had to order 3 appetizers instead of 2, so it really depends on your appetite. We also didn’t like the aji Amarillo, as it tasted a bit too fishy, and the orange colored aji Amarillo tigers milk also wasn’t great, a little coconut taste too (definitely depends on personal taste)! We would suggest one dish per person as that’s basically how much the quantity allows.
Ambiance: Brilliant view! From parts of the restaurant (you can see shk zayed road) and by the bar you overlook the whole downtown area/Burj Khalifa. I loved how even the lounge area had different parts to it, where you could either be seated on sofa’s or even fancy tables/chairs, they also had large private areas in the lounge, which is perfect if you are going in as a group for a celebration.
What we recommend:
- Ceviche clasico
- Seafood tempura
- Mushroom quinotto
- Peruvian mess
More on INKA: Pretty good for a very new Peruvian restaurant in Dubai. This is surely in our top 3 Peruvian restaurants in Dubai. They have a nice bar area where you can first chill before you start your dinner. Would really recommend going to this area first! It was called the 31st before, which had only a bar area, but now they have turned it into ‘INKA,’ along with a restaurant area. The whole floor is almost only allocated to INKA. The lounge was pretty filled for a new launch, this may be because people already knew of the 31st before, but the restaurant area was considerably empty. Many people actually don’t know of this new Peruvian venture in Dubai, and they’re totally missing out! It is surely a must visit, especially all the Peruvian food lovers!