Richard Sandoval to open restaurant at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

VaKaVa Pan Latin Grill & Lounge is opening in the Abu Dhabi hotel
Richard Sandoval, Vakava, Jumeirah, Etihad Towers

Celebrated Mexican chef Richard Sandoval is set to open a new restaurant in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi this June.

VaKaVa Pan Latin Grill & Lounge will replace his previous concept Toro Toro in the hotel, and is being touted as more of the same but “more mischievous”.


Officially opening its doors on June 17, VaKaVa will still display the original red and décor over its two-storey setting, including alfresco dining on the ground floor patio which will open when the temperature cools.

The menu has been completely refurbished however, with pan-Latin dishes including soft shell crab tacos, grilled meat churrasco, and traditional rodizio all available.

On the beverage side, the team of bartenders and mixologists have crafted a drinks menu – with a special touch coming from the caipirinha trolley making it way around the tables.

A resident DJ will also be in the house Monday to Saturday from 8pm onwards, while a band will perform Tuesday to Saturday from 9pm onwards.

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