A&E Recommends… Portguese Dining at Tasca By José Avillez

Hayley Kadrou   |   25-09-2019

If you’re looking for cuisine with Portuguese flair in Dubai, then head over to the Mandarin Oriental to dine at Tasca by José Avillez.

One of the many privileges of living in Dubai includes access to so many amazing and varied world cuisines – incredible Vietmenamse restaurants, authentic Emirati eateries, hearty Greek options and wonderful Indian offerings (even British-inspired Indian curries for the expats who can’t quite let go) and so on.


But one cuisine that doesn’t seem to be dotted around everywhere you go (it’s certainly about, just not in abundance) is Portuguese food – especially when we’re taking fine dining.


Skyline views from Tasca


Well, next time the urge for some piri piri or fresh seafood comes upon you, book into Tasca by José Avillez of an evening.


Based within luxury hotel Mandarin Oriental – located on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Road – the restaurant boasts stunning skyline views of Downtown Dubai to one side and soothing beach views from the other as well as a mouthwatering menu.


Grilled scarlet shrimp


The eatery is headed up by José Avillez – the Lisbon-born chef who is on a mission to promote Portuguese gastronomy across the globe, bringing together the traditions of his motherland with experimental and investive twists picked up along his travels.


To start, the dinner menu boasts delights such as Algarve prawns ceviche, foie gras and tempura avocado – the last being a particular favourite, the dish being served with dehydrated piri piri, coriander sprouts, lime and lemon.


Bacalhau a gomes de sa


While starters are light bites, mains are made for sharing. Stars of the show include cured and marinated seabass served with prawn olive oil and avocado, half a blue lobster from Portugal grilled with Tasca sauce, citrus and truffle and josper-roasted lamb shank with mint, red peppers, potatoes and broccolini – the final being our main of choice.


Vegetarians can delight in offerings such as roasted eggplant with cilantro, garlic, mint and pomegranate yoghurt and Portuguese salad made up of lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro and vinaigrette.


Tasca terrace


Naturally, the only way to seal the meal is with a traditional Portuguese custard tart.


Team the delectable menu with the moody yet warm ambience and professional yet friendly service, and you can hardly go wrong with an evening out at Tasca.


See more at mandarinoriental.com.