I have a thing for Spanish food, maybe because I grew up in a country that was colonized by Spain for more than 300 years. The food, scent and flavour has rubbed on us that a taste of Spanish food feels like home. I’ve not been to several Spanish restaurants in Dubai nor eaten Spanish dishes here since we moved. But the ever revolving food scene in the big metropolitan city always brings in something new – cue El Sur at The Westin Mina Seyahi.
We’re aware and we’re intrigued since the opening but since we live on the other side of Dubai, it took us this long to check this new Spanish joint out. Then they rolled out a notice of their all new “Spanish Family Lunch” on Saturdays.
As a family with kids, one is a toddler who’s more interested in doing something other than eating when we dine out, I’ve been on the hunt of family friendly weekend brunches in the city. We’ve tried and found some and won’t stop searching for more.
El Sur had a dedicated kid’s section however, small so I would suggest booking early to reserve a table near it so you can look after your little ones while enjoying a glass of sangria. The kids were offered some activities to get their little hands busy which is nice.
Don’t expect a huge kid’s section with bouncy castles and clowns and balloon bending at El Sur’s Family Lunch. I guess it’s called “family lunch” typically referring to the traditional Spanish culture of families gathering for weekend lunch for a homely treat, eating glorious, flavourful paella with a glass of sangria rather than a “family lunch” with toddlers running about.
Now the food (and that refreshing drink called “Virgin Sangria” – sangria not touched by alcohol).
Appetizers consisted of El Sur Olives, Potato Chips and roasted corn, rustic bread (not in photos) with red mojo and parsley alioli. Warning: this could get addicting and you may want to order another batch of those hand cut, non-greasy potato chips. And these dips are yum.
The starters were: Iberian pork charcuterie selection, Padron green peppers, Selection of croquetas, Russian salad, Garlic and chili prawns. The chef gave us these potatoes with dips, too because one of us couldn’t eat prawns from the adult menu (me!).
The collage below were food from the kid’s menu. El Sur had given us options because we are allergic to seafood so we had selection of croquettes without seafood (we got mushroom and beef which as fantastic).
Main course Seafood and Chicken Paella (we opted for no seafood). We liked that the rice is tender but not too creamy. They say that in every country, there is a dish that unites its people and for Spain, it’s the paella. It is also said that there are paella recipes as much as there are stars in the sky. So how can we, non-Spanish diners know if this is a good or bad paella?
I tasted a lot of tomato flavour, paprika and saffron and I loved the harmonious mix of all the ingredients in the paella pan. Aside from the chicken pieces, not much is needed to accompany this flavourful rice, than lemon wedges, a lightly dressed salad, maybe wine, and lots of family and friends.
Dessert: White chocolate mousse with mango coulis and dark chocolate with peanut butter ice cream (not in photo). As if we have spaces for dessert, we simply have to say yes to this. It’s not too sweet and not too heavy, thankfully.
If you love Spanish food or curious of it, I do recommend to head down to El Sur. The place was packed, some were regular patrons when we were there so that means it’s good, right?
Spanish Saturdays are on Saturdays at 12:30 to 3:00 pm. Prices begin from AED 195 for soft beverages package and AED 295 for free-flowing sangria, beer and wine. Set menu for kids between 6 – 12 years is priced at AED 95 each. Children under 6 years dine complimentary.
For more details about their latest promotions and offers, you can check out El Sur’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/elsurdubai For reservations, call 043997700.
We were guests at El Sur but all opinions are mine.