Posted by Sarah Nossy on 02nd July 2019.

It was quite fitting that just before I was leaving the country to go visit Spain that I had the opportunity to dine at the contemporary Spanish restaurant El Sur that you will find inside the Westin Mina Seyahi.

The entrance is quirky with a steel bull and the restaurants accolades hanging on the wall as well as a chalkboard with drawings of what we can expect to eat. Inside are huge murals of women’s faces, moody lighting and Spanish music which all add to the ambience.

I arrive by 7:30pm and dusk is falling outside. It’s not a huge restaurant by any means but I’m sure in the winter sitting on the balcony would be perfect to watch the sunset. 

Locals in Spain eat tapas almost on a daily basis. These small plates of varying dishes are usually shared between 2 people or more and are eaten mostly for lunch. Spain is also very famous for it’s wine so without further a do we select a bottle of the house red ‘Sangre de Toro’ a velvety fruity wine to compliment the cheese board we’ve selected.

Not long thereafter a plate of pardon peppers arrives, mild & salty they come served with a creamy dipping sauce, along with some ‘real’ ham croquettes. It’s a traditional restaurant in the sense that they serve pork, so I had to ensure we tried the pork chicharron, crispy pork belly with a herbed dipping sauce.

It was my first time trying a Spanish “Bocadillo” It’s almost like a mini hot dog roll stuffed with various fillings, we tried the chorizo one filled with a melted cheese and onion chutney on a crunchy toasted baguette. So good that I wish it was a full size.

For a main dish we tried one of their rice in clay pot instead of paella. We selected the one with creamy rice, Iberian presa and ham. It’s definitely a comfort food and on the heavier side but moreish nonetheless.

Craving something sweet to finish we are recommended a traditional dessert called ‘Torrija con helado de limon’ which is a thick slice of brioche which has been caramelized and served with a scoop of tart lemon sorbet. We also try their version of a mille-feuille. The difference is they serve theirs with white chocolate, Amaretto and blood orange sorbet. A unique flavour combination that kinda works.

After visiting Barcelona I can definitely vouch for El Sur. They keep authentic Spanish food alive in Dubai. A special shout out to Anjana for making our evening a memorable one. From start to finish, we couldn’t have had a better dining experience. For any days when I’m missing Spain, I know where to go.

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