Indulge in the vibrant spirit of summer along the Algarve coast at Tasca, an exceptional Portuguese restaurant perched atop the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai. Helmed by renowned chef José Avillez, Tasca emerges as an iconic haven where culinary artistry meets awe-inspiring vistas.

Nestled on the sixth floor of Dubai’s Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Tasca beautifully captures the essence of a traditional Portuguese tasca, offering an authentic yet contemporary take on Portuguese cuisine. Embracing the concept of shared dining, Tasca’s menu serves as a voyage through Portugal, celebrating its rich gastronomic heritage.

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Established in 2019, Tasca marks Chef José Avillez’s inaugural international culinary venture. A prominent figure in the global culinary landscape, José Avillez has consistently championed Portuguese gastronomy. His restaurants across Portugal, including esteemed locations in Lisbon, Cascais, Porto, and Algarve, notably Belcanto—a two Michelin-starred establishment gracing the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list—have significantly contributed to elevating Portugal’s status as a premier global culinary destination.

“Portuguese gastronomy is one of the world’s best, as are the fish and seafood from our shores. Tasca offers a dining experience with specialties bursting with character.

Chef José Avillez

Garnering the esteemed Michelin star consecutively for 2022 and 2023, Tasca ingeniously transports Chef José Avillez’s forward-thinking finesse in contemporary dining to the Middle East, marking a groundbreaking culinary debut in the region.

What truly sets Tasca apart is its commitment to creating a memorable gastronomic adventure. Prepare to be captivated by a symphony of flavors, where each dish is a testament to the restaurant’s distinctive approach.

With the starters, delight in the fish croquetas, a harmonious blend of crispy textures and melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. Indulge in the ceviche, a vibrant performance of zesty acidity and invigorating freshness that tantalizes the taste buds with every bite. And when it comes to the clams, their rich oceanic essence whisks diners away to the picturesque coastal landscapes of Portugal. Tasca’s menu is more than a mere selection of dishes; it’s an invitation to embark on a sensorial voyage that promises enchantment at every turn.

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A particular standout deserving special mention is the butter, a seemingly simple, artisanal element that Tasca elevates to an extraordinary experience. Charred over charcoal, the butter attains a sublime taste and an unparalleled texture that leaves a lasting impression. This meticulous attention to detail reflects the restaurant’s dedication to crafting an unforgettable culinary narrative.

With flavors that tell stories of the sea and the land, this dining destination captures the essence of Portugal while adding a touch of modern innovation. The attractions also lie within the main courses, where culinary excellence truly shines. Delve into the Arroz de Carabineiro, a symphony of flavors and textures that unfolds with each delectable bite. Alternatively, the peri peri chicken presents a tantalizing marriage of spices and succulence that’s sure to leave an indelible mark on your palate.

But the journey doesn’t end there. Prepare for a sweet denouement that’s nothing short of spectacular. The Pastéis de Nata, a Portuguese custard tart, adds a sublime touch to your dining experience, elevating it to global calibers without a doubt.

Whether you’re a seasoned gastronome or an adventurous foodie, Tasca promises a sensory exploration that lingers in the memory.

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Finally, the service staff, from the skilled bartenders to the attentive waiter who take your order, redefine the benchmark of excellence. The service at Tasca is a symphony of genuine warmth, attentiveness, and a deep understanding of culinary artistry. The bartenders craft cocktails with both precision and a friendly smile, adding an element of personal connection to the experience. The waiters, with their profound knowledge of the menu, are ready to guide you through a gastronomic adventure tailored to your preferences. Dubai’s residents are no strangers to exceptional service, but Tasca effortlessly elevates the concept to new heights.

Tasca is a masterclass in hospitality that will leave you thoroughly impressed and undoubtedly eager for a return visit. We highly recommend it.

@TascaDubai – Mandarin Oriental, Jumeira, Dubai. For reservations and further information, visit www.mandarinoriental.com/tasca

Franco-Lebanese luxury industry enthusiast, Aya Mechelany, writes features across all editorial pillars of KHAMSA. With the goal of finding contemporary & cool subjects from her own personal experience, as well as her passions and inspirations, Aya deep dives into various subjects to inspire and excite like-minded readers.
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