5 tapas restaurants in Dubai
Tapas has come a long way. What started out as a slice of bread, used by the Spanish to distract insects from their drinks, is now world-renowned. The sharing food is the ultimate in friendly dining, and there’s certainly no shortage of places to sample España classics. Here’s our ShortList of Dubai tapas restaurants to try.
Everything from the interiors to the clay serving dishes says ‘authentic’ in Al Hambra. The award-winning restaurant has a lovely selection of traditional hot tapas like garlic shrimp and calamari. And if that weren’t enough, they have a selection of dessert (yes, dessert) tapas including crema catalana (otherwise known as Spanish crème brulee).
Madinat Jumeirah,04 366 5866, Website
Seville's Restaurant & Bar
This restaurant is as relaxed as it is delicious. The al fresco area is worlds away from Dubai, with a European garden feel, while the indoor dining area is covered in dark wood. The head chef, Mariano Andres, takes pride in his signature Spanish dishes and, if you're a tapas fan, Seville's is a restaurant that you have to tick off the list.
Wafi, 04 324 4777, Website
A bar and restaurant, you get the best of both worlds in El Sur. As far as tapas goes, they’ve got all the classics, plus a few gastronomical experiments like the hen egg with potatoes with black truffle. If you’re a true fan, El Sur even offers a tapas lunch every Friday or a brunch on Saturday, with a choice of 14 different types of the Spanish appetiser.
Westin Dubai, Mina Seyahi, 04 399 7700, Website
Casa De Tapas
The refined Spanish style found on the streets of Madrid has made its way to Dubai Creek Yacht club. Casa De Tapas is a chic yet casual restaurant offering authentic food – so authentic, in fact, that they pride themselves on only having Spanish chefs. Expect all the old favourites with a modern twist, including some seriously moreish paella.
Dubai Creek and Yacht Club, 04 4161 800, Website
This is tapas with a difference. Blending old and new, Salero takes classic Spanish dishes and presents them with modern flair. The range of creative cocktails come in jam jars, just as the hipster restaurants like it these days. Often there’s a traditional guitarist serenading diners, offering a real taste of España. We recommend trying the chilled out Friday brunch for a generous range of food and drinks.
Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, 04 409 5888, Website