El Sur Saturday brunch - The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
|A dramatic welcome|
|El Sur - a celebration of art and food.|
I am given a simple menu, but I am familiar with the tapas style brunch on offer here and I am excited. Regular readers will know that unless I am with my daughter, I love the more intimate, sit down style brunches that are becoming so popular in Abu Dhabi.
I start off with a glass of Frontera Chardonnay, a Chilean wine perfect for the warm afternoon - hints of pineapple and citrus made it quite refreshing. Very light. Nice.
The restaurant is very casual and relaxed. This is accentuated by waiters and waitresses who are not dressed in uniform. Furthermore, there are no table cloths or coasters.
|The appetisers in the background featuring fantastic olives.|
For my starter I had quite a feast.
|Simplicity meets taste|
I really love the pork selection and finish every last bit. Also, the prawns are beautifully cooked and the dish has just the level of saltiness I have come to enjoy in food from this region.
What is a Spanish restaurant without some paella? In this case it is a seafood and chicken paella. The paella has a golden brown colour and is not overwhelmed by ingredients - paella is, after all, about the rice. The elements come together nicely on the plate and none of them are overcooked. However, having heartily indulged in the starters, I find that I am able to have only a small portion of the. It is quite a substantial serving. Note, though, that portions are ideal for 2 people.
|The prawns - part of a superb range of starters.|
|Paella - their signature dish.|
Finally, my dessert is served.
I enjoy it with gusto, but my favourite is the mousse dessert because it offers so much complexity in terms of tastes: the tangy sorbet and raspberry go ever so well with the sweeter mousse. Delicious.
|White chocolate mousse|
|Dark chocolate cake.|
If there was one disappointing note for me, I would have to say the service. I found it a bit aloof with minimum engagement. Don't get me wrong, it was according to the manual, but therein is the problem. Service needs to throw out the training book at times, especially in a cosy and intimate arty restaurant such as this.
Overall, El Sur made a great escape from the run of the mill brunches. It is a stylish place where simplicity is the order of the day, pushing food to the forefront. I will definitely go back to in the cooler months to try their brunch al fresco. Oh come on Autumn!
The low down
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
04 399 3333
Sabroso 195 Dhs (soft drinks)
Delicioso 295 Dhs (incl sangria and wine)
Note that during Ramadan there will be no brunch.