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.

More Stories

  • Appassionato by Riccardo Fabian Ciancilla Posted on 15th January 2020

    Watch as Riccardo Fabian Ciancilla, from The Ritz Carlton Bahrain, prepares Marriott Bonvoy’s signature cocktail for Middle East & Africa....

  • Chase the sun, by kenneth Feldman Posted on 14th January 2020

    Watch as Kenneth Feldman, from AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront, prepares Marriott Bonvoy’s signature mocktail for Middle East & Africa....

  • CAFE BELGE - DXB FOOD DIARIES Posted by Jen Sahi on 29th August 2019

    Friday brunch at Café Belge is an opulent and buzzing affair. Even on a hot summer afternoon, the doors are propped open and both inside and outside ...

  • LUIGIS - WHAT NOSSY ATE Posted by Sarah Nossy on 31st July 2019

    Luigi’s is an Italian casual dining restaurant that opened back in 2008. Can you imagine a restaurant being open 11 years!? That’s just unheard of...

  • BEEF BISTRO - WHAT NOSSY ATE Posted by Sarah Nossy on 31st July 2019

    Have you entered a restaurant and immediately liked it even though you haven’t tried the food? This is exactly what happened to me with Beef Bistro....

  • GRAPESKIN - SABINEONTHEGO Posted by Sabine Khoury on 28th July 2019

    I’ve heard a lot of great buzz about this place, so decided to check it out on a Friday night at 7.00pm. Located within the courtyard of La Ville H...

  • VIVALDI - NEENU FOOD KISSED Posted by Neenu Sajin on 14th July 2019

    Vivaldi has an airy ambience, with lavish natural light during day time. We were there for dinner, the lights were dimly lit, and the 180-degree view ...

  • MASALA LIBRARY - NEENU FOOD KISSED Posted by Neenu Sajin on 14th July 2019

    Masala Library at JW Marriott Marquis, is dubbed as the “magnum-opus” of Jiggs Kalra, lovingly known as the “Czar of Indian cuisine”. The rest...

  • FEAST BRUNCH - NEENU FOOD KISSED Posted by Neenu Sajin on 02nd July 2019

    This week’s biggest development in the FoodKissed household goes thus: Little Samar learnt to point at his head & nose correctly, joins his palms to...

  • CASA MIA - NEENU FOOD KISSED Posted by Neenu Sajin on 02nd July 2019

    Casa Mia has a simple, yet pretty entrance. There is a walkway, covered on top with pergola work, and greens all around. A rustic charm prevails with ...