Translated from the Latin word 'huaca', which means 'blessed' or 'sacred', Waka offers a unique experience of a region that has continued its culinary invasion of Dubai. What makes Waka stand apart from its regional peers though is the cooking ethos: Latin American flavours combined with Japanese seasonings, using French techniques. The result is a contemporary and global reinterpretation of much-loved classic dishes and a gastronomic artistry that is unique to the restaurant.

Haute food guide: Flavours of Latin America at Waka

To showcase this culinary philosophy, Executive Chef Roberto Segura and his team consistently innovate new menus including the must-try Harvest Menu and the weekly themed Maki Mondays. While the Harvest Menu is a smorgasbord of fine vegetarian cuisine such as quinoa truffle risotto, mushroom ceviche, spicy corn empanadas and portobello anticucho, Maki Mondays promises a sushi overload courtesy of unlimited maki rolls of different varities.

Similar to the specially curated menu, the interior, which has been tastefully divided into a 90-seater main dining area and a more intimate Chef's Bar with live cooking space, fuses traditional and modern elements – think Inca-inspired bright-coloured seats and cushions as well as intricate floor and wall motifs that are juxtaposed against vibrant art portraits – creating a chic yet playful ambience to indulge in fine Latin American food fare.

Waka is located at The Oberoi, Dubai. For reservations, call +971 4 444 1455. In other food news, discover Zahira by celebrity chef Greg Malouf.