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Pan Latin restaurant to bring the ‘VaKaVa’ voom to Abu Dhabi

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval team up to launch VaKaVa Pan Latin Grill & Lounge.

Remember Toro Toro? Well it’s been reincarnated!

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and Mexican celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval have joined forces to open VaKaVa Pan Latin Grill & Lounge on 17th June 2019.

The sleek, colourful venue is the second incarnation of Toro Toro, promising diners an elevated experience combining food, fun and flamboyant features.

They are describing VaKaVa as Toro Toro’s more mischievous twin sister; sharing the same Latin roots but bringing the flavours, sights and sounds to another level, VaKaVa is vibrant, fiery, passionate and more spirited.

Guests of VaKaVa will enjoys the spectacular and extensive two-storey spot, where guests can dine indoors under the warm tones of the original vibrant red and orange décor, or alfresco on the intimate patio of the ground floor.

The extensive dining space is complemented by the awe-inspiring VaKaVa Terrace on the first floor, where mesmerising views of the waterfront make for the ultimate evening under the stars and the best outdoor terrace space in Abu Dhabi.

(As it‘s a bit hot at the moment, the terrace is set to open later in the year when temperatures cool.)

The new and exciting menu offers popular Pan-Latin dishes served as sharing platters, including soft shell crab tacos and cachapas (Venezuelan sweetcorn pancake, halloumi cheese and sour cream), grilled meat churasco and traditional rodizoserved a la carte, alongside a selection of savoury side dishes to complement the cuts.

If you are into your drinks, you will like the Caipirinha trolley which makes its way around the tables, offering you a personalised drink made there and then, with that extra bit of Latin flair.

There’s also a resident DJ who will spin the very best Latin Fusion tunes Monday to Saturday, from 8pm onwards and a Band will perform on Tuesday to Saturday, from 9pm onwards, bringing a authentic and vibrant South American vibe to the whole place.

The Ladies Night every Tuesday will offer an experience to remember, with signature beverages, delicious food and great music.

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday, 7pm to 11.30pm.

Upper Lounge & Bar - Monday to Saturday, 6pm until 2am (3am on weekends).

Children are welcome in the restaurant only, while the lounge is reserved for guests aged 21 and above.

For more information or to make a reservation, call +971 28 115 666 or email

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