For three centuries, the Spanish have had a massive influence on Filipino culture. We use dialects that contain thousands of loanwords. Even until now I’m still discovering words that I’ve been uttering with no idea that they’re actually Spanish! And the best bit? The food. I love Paella.
Last week I was invited to try out one of the most notorious Spanish restaurants in Dubai. I recall asking several friends before about the best Spanish haunt in Dubai, all of them referred to Seville’s Spanish Tapas bar in Wafi Pyramids. It should come as no surprise the excitement I felt, when I received the invitation to join them for a special night.
The timing was perfect as they were hosting the famous ‘Flamenco Festival’. They brought dancers from Spain to perform a traditional Flamenco dance.
This stunning photo below was taken by my lovely friend Hannah, who I dragged to share the experience with – and absolutely loved the night.
The atmosphere was so chilled. We arrived early and I would have loved to sit outside in the garden, al fresco style, but we were escorted inside. As soon as we were seated, the staff asked us for our drinks. The vibe felt like we were transported to Spain so (of course!) we ordered Cava Sangria. It was my first time to try Cava Sangria and it was amazing! It’s mixed with bubbles and tastes really refreshing.
After just a few minutes, the staff served us our first course – salmorejo; salmon tartar, stuffed avocados with shrimp, tomatoes and idiazabal cheese stuffed cones, bravas “potato with spicy sauce and alioli, crispy baby squid with lime alioli sauce. The flavours were like magic in my mouth! My favourites were the calamari, the avocado with shrimp, the stuffed cones and the spicy potatoes. You definitely can tell that the ingredients used were fresh. It was simply mouth-watering!
For the main menu, I ordered the Angus beef tenderloin with potato puree and mushroom sauce. It came quicky which impressed me considering the quality of the dish. The meat was especially tender and the sauce complimented the flavour perfectly. The meat inside was a bit too raw for my tastes, however this was undoubtedly my bad; I should have asked the staff to cook it medium-well.
The last course served was the chocolate mousse cake with vanilla ice cream. It was as beautiful as the rest of the course and just perfect to clean the palette.
The performers were fantastic. I even flooded my snapchat with their amazing moves. We had a brilliant overall experience. For sure we’ll definitely be back for more gastronomic genius from our Spanish friends at Seville’s.