As its name suggests, Casa de Tapas is a Spanish restaurant. Its Friday brunch menu offers classic Spanish dishes from Andalusia to Galicia. In all honesty, I hadn’t read many reviews about Casa de Tapas before going there. One of my friends had invited me and I accepted. So I just went along to enjoy the occasion without any specific expectations.
On arrival, brunchers have 3 options to choose from:
- Food + Soft drinks 199AED (around 49,75 €)
- Food + House beverage (house wine, beers, sangria, house spirits) 249 AED (around 62,95 €)
- Food + House beverage + Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) 299 AED (around 74,75 €)
I feel I have to forewarn all beer addicts that there was only one type of Spanish beer.
On entering the restaurant the first thing that struck me was the amazing view. Casa de Tapas overlooks the Dubai Creek that was full of ships docked at the pier.
The second thing I noticed was its décor. It was welcoming but definitely in a tasteless 80s style. At our table there was an amaranth-design creased tablecloth and the same fabric had been used to cover the chairs. The ceiling decoration was very pleasant.
As in many places in Dubai, smoking was permitted at the table.
The Casa de Tapas brunch menu offers a rich menu for sharing, but its dishes and their presentation, as well as its interior design, have an 80s style. The buffet was not at all sophisticated. There were some unfashionable recipes, such as stuffed eggs and a kind of meatloaf covered with mayonnaise. (I wasn’t attracted by them, so I can’t say anything about their taste because I didn’t eat them).
My favourites among the dishes I tasted were: meat lamb, it was soft and tasty. Eggs into the bread. Octopus and potatos salad. Bread with chees (sorry, I don’t know if it has a specific name). The squid ink pasta with shrimp. The lentil salad, it was delicious. Meat with indian souce.
My favourites among the desserts I tasted were: puff pastry with cream&fruit and Creme brulee.
I really appreciated that many dishes arrived at our table hot from the kitchen. The service was interesting because I had no idea which dish would arrive next.
But, what about the Paella? I thought the paella would be the best dish of this brunch, but I was disappointed. There were two different recipes: seafood paella and chicken paella. Both had a creamy consistency, like a risotto, but with a nonexistent flavour and they lacked any trace of ‘socarrat’ (the brown crisp layer that forms on the bottom of a well-cooked paella).
In short, in my opinion, the flavour of some food was good and the rest was just ok.
The waiters were friendly and helpful but we frequently had to ask them to remove dirty dishes from our table.
Apart from the food though, it’s the party atmosphere you come for.
At some point during our brunch a band began to play Latin music.
At first, the atmosphere was noisy but by the end everyone was dancing, singing and clapping along with their hands in the air. Even though the band was enjoyable, also the alcohol had done a good job!
To sum up, I have had fun at Casa De Tapas’s brunch. It is the right place if you are looking for an informal place, with live music, and if you don’t have big expectations about the food and the service.
Casa De Tapas
Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai
Cuisine: Tapas Bar
Dress code: Casual
Opening hours: 12:00 pm – 2:00 am daily
Brunch every Friday from 12.30pm – 4.00pm (best to book your table)
phone +971 04 416 1800
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