I’ve only been hearing great things about La Tablita from friends (bloggers and everyone else!) and finally tried it out last week. We arrived on a weekday just as happy hour was ending and the restaurant was buzzing, people were delving into their meals with big smiles and I could see we were in for a treat.
Their menu is divided into 2 parts: the regular menu and a taco shop/ceviche bar checklist – tick off which taco and how many you’d like (reasonably priced at AED 12 per taco).
Our extremely pleasant waiter then brought us these super refreshing glasses of tamarind juice – the rim was dusted with sugar if you’d like to ditch the straw and just chug it down. Normally hesitant when it comes to tamarind (it’s too strong in most places) but this was just the right amount of sweet and acidic.
And so there was food and a lot of it (yes we left stuffed at the end, the chef was too generous but no complaints here). We started off with 2 types of guacamole – regular veggie friendly and the other topped with tuna from the ceviche bar.
I haven’t had a good satisfying taco in a while, and this costilla braised beef rib taco just stole the show. The meat was juicy and incredibly tender, the freshly squeezed lime and creamy avocado provided an amazing combination.
The mole (chicken stew) taco was good but didn’t stand out because it had to follow the costilla braised beef rib!
Since we dined with a vegetarian, the team at La Tablita were more than happy to prepare a few dishes like: this fantastic battered asparagus taco which also blew us away. The rajas poblanas (poblana chili stew, corn) was on the sweeter side and felt more like a quesadilla.
Up next were mains (yes just mains, did I mention we were stuffed?).
Veracruzana (seabass with salsa and mexican rice), a big portion of tender melt in your mouth fleshy fish presented beautifully.
There was this amazing con champis which isn’t the most photogenic dish but was delicious. Mushy balls of melted cheese which are then broken into the tomato sauce and mixed. #needthisnow
And then there was dessert, which we could not leave without even being stuffed due to heaps of messages telling me not to leave without trying the tres leche cake and their churros. No words needed really, they were even better than what expected and what I had heard!
The vanilla sponge on the tres leche cake was super soft and it should be since it’s been drenched in 3 types of milk (evaporated, cream and condensed). To top it off, it’s served with jalapeno ice cream, yes people jalapeno ice cream.
Churros were light and airy but tasted the best (for me) in the caramel sauce.
Finally found a good taco spot and trust me you’ll want to give La Tablita a try!