Having heard amazing things about Salero Tapas and Bodega, we were thrilled to try their offerings and what’s better than to dine with Chef Oscar himself!
Wednesday is the day to visit, since it is the only day that the restaurant has a special live ‘flamenco‘ dance performance (from 8 pm onwards) which provides great entertainment while you indulge in the best Salero has to offer.
Started off with gazpacho andaluz – refreshing cold tomato soup with cucumber, pepper and croutons.
Ensaladilla rusa – creamy marinated Spanish potato salad served with juicy tuna chunks and hard boiled eggs, sounds simple but is delightful.
Anchoas del Cantàbrico con congollos de lechuga y vinagreta de jérez – talk about a long name. This dish consists of baby lettuce topped with Cantabrian anchovies and drizzled in a sherry vinaigrette.
Took a slight break from the delicious food and ventured into some Spanish classics like: queso manchego (manchego cheese) and some absolutely amazing cecina de león (air dried beef ham).
Salpicón de marisco – traditional seafood salad with tomato, pepper and spring onion. A simplistic yet flavorsome salad, recommended as a Salero favorite.
Patatas bravas – traditional fried potatoes in mayonnaise and chili sauce. Imagine soft and fluffy potatoes topped with light mayonnaise and creamy tangy chili sauce, these potatoes were gobbled up fast!
Calamares a la Andaluza con alioli – fried squid, lemon and parsley aioli. Not being the biggest fan of calamari, I did hesitate to try at first but color me impressed: crunchy on the outside and when dunked in the parsley aioli was fantastic.
Chef Oscar did elaborate that there are umpteen versions of paella all around Spain depending on region, availability and preference – and this is reflected in the paella options at Salero! The chicken paella most closely resembled what we thought was “true” paella aka most similar to what we had in the past, whereas the lobster version was different being a lot more ‘soup-y’ for lack of a better term.
Paella de pollo (chicken paella) – their paella is the best selling and Chef Oscar’s favorite dish off the Salero menu. Taking at least 20 minutes to prepare, it really is a special dish to dig into! The medium portion is at least good for 3 people and trust me it’s worth saving space for.
Paella de langosta (lobster paella) – a variation of the typical paella this is more broth based and hence has more flavor was the star of the night. This is the large portion which is good for 5-6 people if not more.
Even though we were stuffed, dessert could not have been given up. Having had some unsatisfying desserts recently we were really looking forward to what Salero had to offer and it didn’t disappoint.
With coffee swiss rolls, torrijas (fried toast), ricotta cheesecake and tarta de santiago (Spanish almond cake).
Brilliant food with great company and some amazing flamenco dancing makes Salero quite a Dubai find! Also do check out their cute Salero bulls all around the restaurant.