The masculine entrance of Luchador, which is a wall full of bright wrestling masks, blend beautifully with the Mexican-inspired quirky ideas in the seating area. Located on the 11th floor of Aloft Palm Jumeirah, Luchador is an eclectic Mexican concept restaurant. The inside is a bright happening place for celebration and full of social energy. Every element brings the food culture of Mexico City to life, enhancing the story of the concept, and bringing a perfect contrast to the design.
The dining area features hanging lights, colourful chairs, Aztec motif flooring, and striking wooden ceiling with bulbs, giving that extra dramatic touch to the overall warm and comforting setting. One of the highlights of the restaurant is the Mexican-inspired urban art, which adorn the walls of the restaurant, be it the fierce owl painting or the bold Mexican masks highlighting the interior spaces. Those who prefer alfresco setting can enjoy the amazing views of the Arabian Sea overlooking iconic landmarks including Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and the Palm.
Max Wiegerinck, general manager at Aloft Palm Jumeirah, says: “Luchador celebrates Mexican entertainment at its best. Wrestling is Mexico’s most iconic sport and is a way life, freedom, and good times. The lighting at Luchador plays a key role in creating ambience and atmosphere. The art used on the walls reflect the rich cultural heritage of Mexico City through depictions of luchadore, works by Frida Kahlo, and pre-hispanic imagery and symbolism.” The rustic industrial design is jazzed up with the splash of colours used across the restaurant. “We ensured that the pops of bright colours indoor with the wooden elements of the alfresco area make it easy on the eyes. It also plays with the mood of the guest. The timber elements of the design create the rustic and warm feeling. The restaurant serves authentic Mexican food with a modern touch using key ingredients all imported from Mexico,” shares Wiegerinck. Luchador has a resident DJ and live band that further elevates the Latin American spirit.
What to try!
Luchador serves up signature tacos, guacamoles, ceviches, and carnitas to pack a punch for the taste buds. Starters like ‘Salmon Guacamole’ and ‘Ensalada Tropical’ prepared with ponzu, quinoa, citrus wedges, and fresh cheese are not something to be missed. For a hearty main course, indulge in the ‘Pulpo En Su Tinta’ a unique composition of Octopus with red grape, squid ink, creamy rice, banana chips, and avocado puree.