2013 December 19 09:00
Madinat Jumeirah to launch ‘Tortuga’ the latest Mexican restaurant on Dubai’s dining scene
Dubai, 19 December 2013: Madinat Jumeirah is set to introduce a new dining concept in Dubai with the launch of its Mexican Kitchen and Bar, ‘Tortuga’, this month. Designed as an invitation to the glories of Mexican cuisine and culture, this new dining landmark offers a culinary journey to a Mexican home, mixing warm hospitality and fresh ingredients in a rustic interior setting.
Headed by award-winning Mexican Chef Carlos Hannon, Tortuga’s cuisine and atmosphere are all about sharing his passion and love for authentic food and vibrant life with Dubai residents.
“I have always loved how food brings people together. In Mexico, the kitchen is a real hub where we all come together and share our stories. You haven’t experienced Mexico unless you have been invited in a Mexican home for dinner,” says Carlos Hannon.
“From a very young age, I would watch my grandmother Elena cook at home. It was magic. The ingredients would turn into new colours, scents or flavours depending on how and when she would add them in. She is my inspiration.”
Overlooking the tranquil waters of Mina A’Salam, with views of the Arabian Gulf, Tortuga offers an authentic Mexican dining experience, including a Tortilla live cooking station, Molcajete (melted cheese in a hot volcanic bowl), Churros (crunchy fried choux pastry) and a multitude of fresh Mexican delicacies.
‘Tortuga’, which means turtle in Spanish, reflects the fact that Mina A’Salam hosts a group of turtles in a specially designed pen within the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah, which are in the final stages of convalescence after being restored to health at the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project at Burj Al Arab and before being released back into the Arabian Gulf.
Open for lunch and dinner, guests can pair their dishes with an impressive array of Mexican and other beverages from Tortuga’s bar. To complete the Mexican experience, the restaurant also offers live entertainment.
In addition to its culinary creations, the venue is designed to reflect Mexico’s fun atmosphere and its rich cultural traditions. The interior offers a warm and rustic environment with bright colours and friendly staff. To complement the experience, Tortuga also features an outdoor terrace to offer diners views of the Arabian Gulf.
With over 40 restaurants and bars, Madinat Jumeirah offers Dubai residents a place to relax and escape from the city’s daily routine.
Note to Editors:
About Carlos Hannon:
A Mexican native of Lebanese descent Carlos Hanno joined Madinat Jumeirah as Tortuga’s Patron. Prior to this, Carlos Hannon worked in various kitchens in Mexico and has studied and traveled in Japan, Belgium, Barcelona and the United States. In 2008, he won the Nestle Professional Creative Chef Award and in 2011 he was a presenter at the Madrid Fusion Mexico event. His Mexican roots and his grandmother’s kitchen have been strong influences in his culinary style and techniques. Carlos Hannon combines revolutionary cooking techniques with his expertise of Mexican cuisine. Passionate about fresh and artisan products, Hannon works closely with quality suppliers to offer a healthy, balanced and unique culinary experience to every table.
About Madinat Jumeirah:
Set on a private beach, Madinat Jumeirah resort is an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia, capturing the natural beauty of the region. Madinat Jumeirah features two grand boutique hotels, Al Qasr and Mina A’ Salam, accommodation in 29 traditional summer houses in Dar Al Masyaf, conference and banqueting facilities including two grand ballrooms, a 1000-seat amphitheatre and the region’s only dedicated entertainment centre and multi-purpose venue, Madinat Arena. The facilities are interconnected by 3km of waterways and landscaped gardens.
The resort also provides extensive leisure and health facilities including Talise Spa and Talise Fitness, as well as Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional retail and dining experience showcasing the best of Arabia.
For further information please contact:
Marketing and Communications Manager
Madinat Jumeirah P.O. Box 75157, Dubai, U.A.E.
Telephone: +971 4 366 53 66
Mobile: +971 056 2160399