How long have you lived in Dubai? One and a half years.
Where do you like to hang out in Dubai when you’re not at work? I love hanging out along JBR in the winter, as I love going to the beach.
What’s your top tip for visitors to Dubai? Dubai is lot more than the glamour and tall buildings. I would urge new visitors to go to the older parts of the city, walk through the narrow streets, visit the souks and enjoy the vibrant life. Dubai and desert life have a lot more to offer than most tourists experience.
What one thing would you like to do in Dubai that you haven’t done before? I would love to do a skydive! One side of my brain says "go for it", the other side thinks I’m crazy. What career journey did you take before joining Salero? As most European chefs do, I started my career in Europe working in Spain, the UK and Ireland, and then moved to Latin America to work in Mexico and Chile, before coming to Dubai for a taste of the Middle East.
Why should Time Out readers try Salero? Spanish gastronomy is really becoming popular in Dubai’s food, and at Salero we have created a concept where you feel like you really are in Spain, but in a fancy and modern way. We have the classics like croquetas and paella, but also have modern dishes, such as tasty asparagus with Manchego foam and tuna ceviche with crispy raspberries. We are fusing traditional dishes with contemporary ones; something that is also happening in Spain with the "Gastrotabernas".
What’s the best thing about dining at Salero in 2015? Well we do have a new weekly brunch coming up on Friday March 6 that you don’t want to miss. Moreover the atmosphere at Salero cannot be beaten with live flamenco performances, served up with a jug of Spanish drink and a couple of great tapas will make you feel at home and as if you are experiencing a slice of Spain in Dubai. Our team is also all Spanish speaking, which adds a wonderful touch of authenticity to the place.
What’s your dish recommendation at Salero? When a couple come in to dine together, I always recommend they try the tuna ceviche with lime foam and crispy raspberries to start with, then the gambas al ajillo, slightly spicy prawns with sherry vinegar and smoked paprika, and the paella of seafood for main course, then finish off with some churros with chocolate sauce. This will give them a great Spanish feast.