Expat Life in Dubai

Dubai: Al Hambra at Al Qasr Hotel

January 15, 2012

As mentioned on the previous blog entry, we were making the most out of the Entertainer Fine Dining vouchers that I have and thus, exploring Dubai (more) will be one of the highlights of this year for me.

So last Friday night, we went to Al Qasr Hotel and had dinner at Al Hambra Spanish restaurant. We were greeted by a very “happy” receptionist and lead us to our table at the outdoor terrace as per my reservation. It was a perfect weather last Friday night, not too cold and not too hot – and times like these should be used wisely as it rarely comes here in Dubai.

The outdoor terrace was great and with the view of the Madinat waterway and the Burj Al Arab standing tall in front of you, who wouldn’t want to dine outside?

The view....

We were then passed on to a very friendly waiter who gave us a quick run-through of the menu. I have a penchant on paellas so I immediately ordered Arroz Negro (squid ink flavoured paella – prawns, squid, green lip mussels) and Arroz Caldoso Con Bogavante (lobster, cuttlefish, prawns in aromatic fish broth) for the boyfriend. We ordered 2 tapas for starters – Mejillones A La Vinagreta (marinated steamed mussels, balsamic vinegar and bell pepper) and of course, we had Tortilla Espanola (spanish potato omelette), my and the boyfriend’s favorite tapas.

Tortillas Espanola

The Spanish tortilla was good, not that someone can go wrong on that unless it’s me who cooked it, but the serving was too small though. 🙂

Mejillones A La Vinagreta

The steamed mussels was fresh and tasted great! I have always been a big fan of balsamic vinegar so the tangy taste of it with the mussels was a good combination of flavor for me. The boyfriend didn’t like it because it was cold, well it was under the list of cold tapas so I’m not really sure what he was thinking there.

Arroz Negro

The paella was freaking fantastic! Hands down, I think I finally found the best paella in Dubai. One forkfull of the blackened rice is full of the squid-ish flavor with a hint of citrus-y taste but not too much that it overpowers the seafood flavor that it’s supposed to have. It was a huge serving that even if the boyfriend took quite a portion of it, I still wasn’t able to finish it.

Arroz Caldoso con Bogavante

I was not able to taste the Arroz Caldoso but I did eat some of the lobster in it. The boyfriend claimed it to be a good dish though.

Having had an experience of heartburn when I first drank sangria at Seville’s in Wafi, I skipped it (not to mention the gastritis drama that I’ve been having) even if I’m very much tempted of sipping some from the boyfriend’s glass. I settled on a watermelon juice which is a big failure, surprisingly. (How can you fail on a watermelon juice when you’ve perfected all the main dishes?)

All in all, the total bill was AED400.00.

AED25.00 1 big bottle of still water
AED40.00 1 Heineken draft
AED60.00 2 Watermelon juice
AED70.00 2 Tapas selection
AED120.00 1 Arroz Caldoso
AED115.00 1 Arroz Negro
AED85.00 1 half liter of Sangria

The Arroz Negro was not charged because of The Entertainer Fine Dining voucher. So yay for us! 🙂

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  • Reply Driving Spider-Man May 13, 2014 at 09:29

    Great post! I’ve been craving for some good paella might take your reco in consideration. Of course we have the trusty entertainer too

    • Reply Pinay Flying High May 13, 2014 at 18:19

      I don’t think this restaurant is included on the new entertainer book? Is it?

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