There are teppanyaki places like Benihana, which cook dinner at your table in the most spectacular way. Then, of course, Korean BBQ restaurants where the diner dips meat into a hot broth in a DIY-style cookout. But Waka, a Latin American restaurant in Dubai is somewhat a fusion of these things. The colorful venue inside the swanky Oberoi Hotel combines the best of Japanese dining with food from Peru and your favorite South American countries, to create a super interactive experience that makes for a great night out.
The Waka Caliente ceviche it delivered to your table with a pile of hot stones to lightly cook a mixture of scallops, prawns and snapper in ahi panca, onion and cancha. Then the Carne Y Trufa (Wagyu rib eye in truffle and soy sauce) is torched until done in front of your eyes as you sip on a fresh cocktail.
Even when the cooking process isn't completed under your nose, a lot of the action takes place outside of the kitchen, which means at any one point, there's always something fabulous to look at on someone's table. Whether it's a smokey show of guacamole with a pretty drink, or flowers adding the final touch to an Instagrammable dish, it certainly gives you something to talk about if you're stuck for conversation on a date!
Make sure you don't leave without devouring a plate of their quinoa truffle risotto from their incredible Harvest Menu (hello vegetarians!) and end your meal with the Chocolate Bomb; a giant ball of Peruvian chocolate that you'll have to crack open to get to the rum ice cream, hazelnuts, meringue and more.