Spain is invading Dubai, it’s not new to me being a Filipino as we’ve been under their rule for over 300 years a very long time ago. Lol. I didn’t mean it like that though, as this time Spain is actually invading the dining scene of Dubai with all the Spanish restaurants opening up all over the city. The latest discovery that we’ve had was Salero Tapas & Bodegas at Kempinski Mall of The Emirates. It’s literally just next door to my house so it was such a shame that I only got to visit it a few weeks back.
The restaurant was quite small though, it’s very hard for me to imagine how they have the flamenco nights as I see not enough area for it. Anyhow, it was packed when we were there which is always a good sign if you’re visiting a restaurant. The decor was amazing, they really did go all the way with the decor to probably make up for the small space that they’ve got. In the middle of the restaurant was a small kitchen where the chef cooks up all the Spanish goodies right in front of your eyes. Hanging above the ceiling were wicker baskets, quite an odd thing to put up the ceiling isn’t it? It worked well for the restaurant though. Our server was this young Spanish guy who looks like he just got out of college, he was very well-versed of their menu though and knows how to sell each and every single thing in it. Well he did great as we practically ordered every single tapas on their menu that night. I of course ordered sangria for drinks, you can’t go in a Spanish restaurant without ordering a sangria.
My favorite tapas would be the anchovies in vinegar with aioli potatoes, the middle photo. The sour taste of the vinegar combined with the fishy taste of the anchovies creates a great harmony for my taste buds. It reminded me of those days that I spent in the Greek islands where I stuffed my face with this almost every single day that I was there – well I do love the Mediterranean cuisine. I heard that their paella is also a must-try, maybe next time.