Maiz Tacos JLT: Homegrown healthy Mexican fare in a serene setting

Over the summer of 2019 homegrown Mexican casual dining concept Maiz Tacos shut up shop in Al Safa and relocated to the New Dubai Area. Join The Huntr as we present an exclusive look inside the all-new Maiz Tacos JLT…

Owned by a wife and husband duo, Maiz Tacos started life as a humble food truck (which is still in operation for special events) and eventually opened its first bricks and mortar location at Dar Wasl Mall in 2018. Fast-forward one year later and it’s all change for the Mexican gem after debuting its brand new location in Dubai’s JLT in September 2019.

15-minutes walk from the metro, Maiz Tacos JLT is located beneath Japanese gem Daikan Ramen. The new space is beautiful. Think pretty pastel colours, minimal furnishings, Pinterest-worthy signs and corners and an inviting semi-open kitchen. There’s ample room for small and large groups to sit for lunch or dinner.

What sets this gem apart from the other Mexican restaurants in the city is that the team at Maiz are committed to providing 100% preservative-free food. Therefore everything is made with 100% fresh and whole ingredients and most of the menu is gluten-free. This means that the food served at Maiz is a lot more “clean tasting” than you may have experienced with other Mexican joints. At times we did find that it lacked the saltiness and flavour punch we were craving, but we did appreciate the fact that what we were eating was fresh and wholesome. The best things we sampled were the Guacamole with Chips (35AED), which were crunchy, not oily and moreish (if lacking a little saltiness), the El Jefe Taco with its tender 6 hour slow-cooked marinated pulled Angus chuck and fresh chimichurri and the La Tierra vegan tacos, which are crafted with delicious roasted cauliflower and sweet potato, guacamole and an (extremely spicy) cashew arbol salsa. We weren’t blown away by the Her Burrito (60AED), which was a little bland (especially the chicken) and heavy.

For dessert we opted for the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich (35AED) which is drizzled with Lotus. Unfortunately this treat spent a little time on the kitchen counter before it reached us, so by the time we got it the ice cream had melted. Nonetheless it was tasty, however, the churro itself was a little hard and we can’t be sure if that was because of the wait at the counter or it is how it naturally comes.

Drinks-wise Maiz Tacos JLT is alcohol-free and offers a range of soft drinks. We opted for the Fresh Agua of the Day (20AED), which was a mix of hibiscus and citrus and super delicious and refreshing.

The team were friendly and welcoming but definitely experiencing a few teeth problems in terms of organisation and promptness – which we are certain will improve as the restaurant moves out of soft-launch phase and finds its feet. We will definitely be back…

Insider tips: Open daily from 12noon until 10pm. In-restaurant washrooms available. Free wifi and charging stations make it a great spot to get your emails done whilst you eat. 

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