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El Sur, Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Best Newcomer
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Bringing a new wave of Spanish cooking to Dubai, El Sur arrived with quite some hype. Its modestly-sized dining area manages to feel light and airy with simply adorned design in cream and wood, plus an ambient outdoor terrace. Service is friendly, with staff happy to talk diners through the menu of classic dishes and more adventurous sharing plates. From the classic side of the menu, the garlic and chilli prawns are beautifully juicy, with a full but not too intense sense of garlic and chilli, while the patatas bravas are good and surprisingly far less oily than traditional counterparts. On the modern side, the mahon cheese tarts represent an artful sweet-savoury crossover. These paper-thin pastry galettes have a crunch of caramelised sugar, and are topped with cheese and orange zest for a lively, aromatic edge. El Sur genuinely brings something new to the table, raising the level and profile of Spanish cooking in Dubai in the process.
Open daily 7pm-1am. Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Umm Suqeim (04 399 7700).


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