Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dreaming of Spain at Dali Restaurante y Bar de Tapas

Who could resist a meal such as this.    Irresistibly sinful indulgent!   Lechon, seafoods, paella, croquettes and so much more.   Ever wonder where I had this much all in one plating?

Acclaimed to be give the fine art of serving authentic Spanish cuisine!   
When you say risotto or pasta, that's Italian.   When you say Sushi or Donburi, I bet you know it's from Japan.  Risotto and Donburi  consists mainly of rice, there is however an unclouded difference on the way the two dishes were cooked.   Like Paella, a unique style was applied in preparing the three famous rice recipes.   However, this is not a blog about rice and how it can be prepared.   So when you say Paella,  it is definitely Spanish!   And when you say Dali Restaurante y Bar de Tapas, sounds Spanish, definitely Spanish.
The style of the restaurant is "modern-baroque", with a white, elegant fountain welcoming you, while an al fresco mood invites diners to bask in fresh air and soft sun's rays.  Inside is a massive dining floor, from the extravagant ceiling fixtures to the wooden dining furniture to the floors.   Both the interior and the exterior of the place shouts Spain.
Then came the buffet table.   I have heard that the restaurant is said to be famed for their Tapas, again another glorious dish from Spanish culture, as can be found in their name, The Tapas Bar.   Sad to say I was not able to try it, but we were able to sample some of the best dishes they offered in their menu.   The picture above shows their Croquettas, so good with their garlic mayo dip.   The classic Paella, humongous serving of shrimps, sea foods and chicken, pork and chorizo with a rich saffron infusion with long-grain rice.  Below left, is the Polo clon Perijil y Pimientos, chicken fillet dressed in cucumbers, red bell pepper sauce (a tangy   sweet combination from the vegetables).  And the breaded fish fillet where in a beautiful pesto sauce smothers it, I'm such a sucker for basil and pesto sauces.
Next on the roster are, Cochinillo, slices of roasted young pig, ever so soft to the bite and savoury.   All heart-attacking dishes paired up with with rice topped with black beans, typically Spanish.   And never to forget, my lovely Churros Con Chocolate.   Do not ever leave the place without even trying the pastry puff with its thick dark chocolate condiment.   The puff is not that sweet which compliments perfectly with the right chocolatey sweetness of the Spanish chocolate, the perfect dessert pair, should I say.   Those are just a few on their menus.   
So if you are missing your lola's cooking or are in tune for fine notes of the festive Spanish cuisine, you can definitely find it here at Dali Restaurante y Bar de Tapas.

Address: 40 E. Lopez Drive Corner Sgt. Esguerra, 1103 Quezon City, Philippines
Contact no:  632 9280971 


  1. Kakaiba talaga ang Spanish dish. Though the Spanish and the Italians are close cousins, they are so different.

    Compared to the Italian dish, Spanish cuisine is quite rich and extravagant when it comes to flavours and spices. At least that was my impression when we went to Barcelona last year.

    Eating paella there, the Italian risotto seems like... very bland.

  2. @ Mr. Tripster, I hope I could try true Spanish dishes right at Spain itself! But there are a lot of Spanish or Filipino-Spanish Fusions here in Manila that might be equaled to typical Spain dishes!
    I agree Italian cooking is a bit bland, even McDonalds' foods at Milan, sucks, Sorry for the word. My mom tought me how Italians cook risotto, tey put a little bitsy itsy salt, or none at all, so I had it the Filipino taste and my risotto I say is better.

  3. I also love Spanish cooking! Do they have Paella Negra? It is quite near where I work, how's the price?

  4. the PAELLA in Dali is bland, no flavor of saffron or olive oil, not cooked in a Paelliera! really bad PAELLA.

    their fish encrusted in salt was as BAD.

    their tapas - bacalaw tasted like canned sardines!

  5. @joey , I'll let them know 'bout this so they can improve their recipe, never tried their fish though, and their tapas.

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