Cinco de Mayo 2017 is this Friday! Get your brunch face on!

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Dust off your sombrero and ready yourselves to celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2017 by heading down to these awesome Mexican joints for some great dining. Established to commemorate one of the most famous battles, in which Mexico unexpectedly defeated at the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. We think that is a pretty good excuse of a party and apparently it is one with enduring longeivity as Cinco de Mayo is a still a great excuse to get together with friends and celebrate this rather festive and colorful affair. Plus, to top it all off, it happens to – very fortuitously – fall on a Friday this year. And, Friday is brunch time, as any Dubian – I may have made this word up -worth their tequila and salt knows.

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If you happen to be in Abu Dhabi this weekend be sure to check out these places:

El Sombrero

Along the corniche at the Sheraton Hotel in Abu Dhabi, El Sombrero is a lively place to spend an evening. On 5 May 2017, they will be hosting an All You Can Eat night, with loads of flavour. For 197 AED, you can eat unlimited Mexican dishes as well as drink unlimited margaritas and Mexican beer for Cinco de Mayo 2017 which sounds like a great deal to us. To add to the festivities a Colombian band will be playing merengue and salsa tunes to put you all in a festive mood. Ole!

Taqado Mexican Kitchen

It may not be up there with fine dining, yet casual restaurant concept Taqado – based at The Galleria Mall in Abu Dhabi – consistently serves up the best burritos in town. Be sure to try their Burrito Box; the ingredients are always tasty, fresh and colourful; and just looking at their food, makes me unbelievably happy. So, if you are not in a mega indulgent brunch mode and can’t really face a whole brunch but would like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2017 anyway, head here. It is a guaranteed, in the bank, WIN.  Oh, and sign up to their Instagram account too for awesome foodie pics that will have you craving their nosh in two seconds flat.

BU Trinity

This place has soul in boatloads. Full of Latin American flair at its heart but with the extrovert spirit of a talented entertainer, this restaurant is a great option to celebrate festivities. Oh so, stylish with a modern vibe, BU Trinity is well-known party starter of a restaurant. For Cinco de Mayo 2017, they are hosting a one night only party where you can get a four-course Mexican-inspired menu for just AED 195. Food from this joint is well-sourced and packed full of heady flavours to tantalize your taste buds. And, if you feeling super brave, add on their premium tequila package for AED 120 and let your fiesta spirit animal inside you take flight.

For those in Dubai for Cinco de Mayo 2017, here are our hand-picked recommendations:

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Awesome location. Awesome food. I always get people telling me they love this place. Lucky for us all, Loca is hosting an epic seven-hour brunch in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Yes, you heard correct. Seven. Hours. This must truly be the brunch deal of weekend. And, even better, you know Loca serves outstanding scrummy tacos and guacamole. So, get your brunch face on and commit now. Do not hesitate. For. One. Second. From 12pm – 7pm, you can get in on the action for AED 270.

Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen and Lounge

Starting at 12-30pm in the afternoon this Friday for Cinco de Mayo 2017, contemporary style Maya at Le Royal Meridien is going to start the ball rolling with festivities that are scheduled to end somewhere in the wee hours of the next day. It is a day/night fiesta and their Mas Mas Brunch will have a Cinco de Mayo 2017 twist. You will get loads of value for money. Not only is the location absolutely stunning but you will get free pool and beach access, live music and a Post-Brunch Party at Le Deck. The night party will continue with a street-style Mexican party complete with a DJ and great food and drink stations.


For 225 AED (inclusive of non-alcoholic bevvies) you can join in the fun and indulge in a Mexican buffet complete with their great ceviches, tacos, sopas, antojerias and more. Their resident band, Tonati, will be on hand to get you into the swing of things with their Latin tunes so be sure to put on your best dancing shoes and get ready to move those hips. With the weather heating up, be sure to book early to get a seat indoors. Later on, after the weather has cooled off, move out onto the deck for post-brunch drinks and enjoy the beautiful waterways and ambience of the Mina a’ Salaam.

Keep Dining is sure that Cinco de Mayo 2017 is going to be a fantastic and festive fiesta this year. So, be sure to book as soon as possible at the above restaurants to avoid disappointment.

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One commentOn Cinco de Mayo 2017 is this Friday! Get your brunch face on!

  • Hi Sarah,

    I and people from my workplace are loyal readers of your food blog. We have tried some of the places you people wrote about here, which we all loved btw. Thanks for the awesome tips.

    Ps. Does this blog come on a phone app? When’s the next big thing coming?

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