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Salero Tapas & Bodega Brunch

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Although it’s housed in the ultra-luxe Kempinski Hotel, Salero is completely different. The place is decked out in wood and funky murals, making it look more like a hipster eatery than a restaurant in a five star hotel. The charming décor is complemented by an open kitchen where you can watch chefs tossing paella and garnishing dishes.

Let’s start with the obvious downside. It’s a daytime brunch and there are no windows – something that is one of our key Friday brunching features. But once you get past that, it’s fantastic. Select anything you want from the a la carte menu (it’s all you can eat, of course), and the waiters will make sure your table is well stocked with cold and hot tapas. Fried potatoes with spicy sauce, chicken and Manchego cheese croquettes are just some of the “calientes” on offer. There’s also plenty of cold meats and seafood options.

The paella changes regularly and brunches are treated to whatever the chef’s special is that week. We had the mixed seafood squid ink paella, which ticked all the right boxes. Although the savoury dishes are a treat, the real highlight of Salero is all the extras. First of all the cocktails – all of them are based on sangria style juices and served in jars. The desserts are pretty special too, with the likes of Catalan burned cream. To top things off, a traditional Spanish guitarist serenades diners throughout the day.

1pm until 4pm. AED295 per person including unlimited Spanish beverages. AED350 including unlimited house beverages and Spanish beverages.

Salero Friday Brunch, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Website

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