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Mexican comfort food has a new address in Abu Dhabi

Replacing Las Brisas, Alma will open its doors at Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental on 1 November.

It wasn’t just a mere rebranding that took place at Emirates Palace earlier this year — with the property officially joining the Mandarin Oriental portfolio, a whole host of new offerings have joined the facilities on offer, a new spa included. And with an extensive renovation that spanned guestrooms and dining experiences, Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental is gearing up to debut a new culinary concept on 1 November: Alma.

Building on the growing demand for Latin American cuisine in the capital, the poolside eatery will further diversify the hotel’s food and beverage offering, serving authentic Mexican comfort food tailored for its relaxing environment. Spanish for ‘soul’, Alma replaces Las Brisas at the Oriental Pool, complete with an elevated look and feel. The al fresco venue has been designed to seamlessly connect with nature through a neutral colour scheme, wooden and bamboo accents, and potted cacti — all set against breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf.


We’re told that Alma’s menu has been inspired by traditional Mexican dishes using modern techniques. Guests can savour the likes of tacos, tostadas and ceviches for a light bite by the pool, share a heartier main such as lamb barbacoa, or indulge in a refined selection of desserts. And with Chef de Cuisine Paola Lopez Arenas at the helm, every creation will be produced from scratch, sourcing local and organic ingredients where possible, alongside a thoughtful selection of vegan and gluten-free dishes.

Comfortable seating and shading will provide respite from the sun, as will an extensive beverage menu. This focuses predominantly on Latin American spirits and flavours such as tamarind, hibiscus and horchata to encourage a more authentic selection. Come November, Alma will open from 9am to 7pm, with extended hours until 10pm on weekends. Bonus: diners do not need a day pass and can enter via the Oriental Wing entrance for leisurely lunches by the pool.

GO: Email moauh-restaurants@mohg.com or call 02 690 7999 for reservations and more information.

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Samia Qaiyum
A textbook third culture kid with a perpetual thirst for adventure, Samia Qaiyum specialises in travel and culture, having lived in five countries and travelled to 34 others – just don't ask her to define the word 'home'.

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