Abu Dhabi, UAE-: Building on the growing demand for Latin American cuisine in the UAE’s capital, ALMA is the latest restaurant concept to launch at Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance and diversify its food and beverage offering. The poolside eatery provides authentic, Mexican comfort food tailored for a relaxing resort environment.
Spanish for ‘soul’, ALMA replaces Las Brisas at the Oriental Pool with an elevated look and feel. The outdoor venue has been designed to seamlessly connect with nature through a neutral colour scheme, wooden and bamboo materials, and potted cactus – all set against breath-taking views of the Arabian Gulf.
The menu has been inspired by traditional Mexican dishes using modern techniques. Guests can savour delicious tacos, tostadas and ceviches for a light bite by the pool, share a main dish such as lamb barbacoa, or indulge in a refined selection of desserts. Resided by Chef de Cuisine Paola Lopez Arenas, every creation is produced from scratch, sourcing local and organic ingredients where possible, alongside a thoughtful selection of vegan and gluten-free dishes.
Comfortable seating and shading provide a respite from the sun, in addition to an extensive beverage menu. This focuses predominantly on Latin American spirits and flavours such as tamarind, hibiscus and horchata to encourage an open and interactive atmosphere.
ALMA is open as of 1 November 2023 from 9.00am to 7.00pm, with extended hours until 10.00pm on weekends. Diners do not need a day pass and can enter via the Oriental Wing entrance for leisurely lunches by the pool.