Waka Restaurant & Bar | Restaurant Review

There are endless reasons to love Latin America;

from the vivacious people to the rich culture along with its exotic and flavourful cuisine. Located in The Oberoi Dubai Hotel, Waka, the newly opened restaurant, brings a pivotal piece of Latin America to Dubai - complete with a menu of the region’s most sought-after dishes, infused with a creative culinary twist. Full of aromatic spices, tantalizing flavours and prepared with a contemporary twist by the in-house culinary brigade, guests will learn to speak the Waka language, one bite at a time.

To Know,

Where: Waka, The Oberoi Hotel

Cuisine: Latin American, Peruvian, Japanese

Perfect for: Dinner with lounge music/vibes

Creating a haven to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Waka is set to shake up your dining routine.

Our experience at Waka...

Service: Super sweet staff, very knowledgeable about the menu and concept.

What we loved: We fell in love with the menu, there were so many dishes we wanted to try. We were extremely impressed with their 'harvest menu', which was a separate menu only with vegetarian dishes. Many restaurants have very limited vegetarian dishes, but Waka had a whole vegetarian menu. Everything was freshly made. We loved almost every starter we ordered and ordered 3 of them twice because of how good they were. The De La Calle (Chicken Tacos) was delicious! The Veggie Maki, Lima Maki, Abura Maki were the 3 absolutely amazing makis we ordered twice - if we had room for more we would would have more. Moreover, the Wakamole was one of the best Guacamole we have tasted. It's large in portion size and just so mouth watering! For the mains, we went for the Pollo A La Brasa, which is almost a whole baby chicken, so juicy and full of flavor. The skin of it was the best part, it had amazing spices on it and you just can't stop eating it! We ordered this main twice, it was just so delicious. The chicken skewers were pretty decent as well, but if you are a true chicken lover, go for the baby chicken!

What we didn’t like as much: The calamari was a bit too dry, even when dipped in the sauce. The crab sushi did not go too well with our taste, something just wasn't right. The Leche De Tigre were 4 shots with fish inside, one of them was nice, but the others were a bit too fishy.

What we recommend:

  • De La Calle
  • Veggie Maki
  • Lima Maki
  • Abura Maki
  • Wakamole
  • Pollo A La Brasa

Ambiance: Waka's aim is to create an unforgettable dining experience where guests are immersed into a stunning atmosphere and can enjoy creative and innovative food and drinks, inspired by the best flavours of Latin America with an Asian twist. A place where the passion of the team is reflected in every aspect of the experience. Set to take Dubai's gastronomic scene to a fiery new level, Waka brings with it a unique interpretation of the magic and culinary traditions of Latin America. From the vibrant decoration on the floors to the artwork adorning the walls, every detail has been carefully curated. Be sure to wear more semi-formal or casual clothes. We were quite impressed to see such a large percentage of people dining in at the restaurant. Every dinner table/bar seat was occupied by the end of the night.

#TSDreviewsWaka: 4/5

Contact: reservations @waka.ae