Casa de Tapas – Dubai Creek Golf and Yatch Club – Deira

Me with Restaurant manager of Casa de Tapas
Me with Restaurant manager of Casa de Tapas
Paella Mixta - Dhs 80 - rice, chicken, mussel, clams, prawns, squid and vegetables
Paella Mixta – Dhs 80 – rice, chicken, mussel, clams, prawns, squid and vegetables

Want to experience some authentic Spanish dishes then Casa de Tapas restaurant is the place to visit. The Spanish experience is not just limited to it’s dishes but rather a collective effort by their Spanish staff, chef, the Spanish music played in the background, interiors, even the spanish TV channels all contribute in giving you that little bit of Spanish experience in this Arabic city, Dubai.

Casa de Tapas - interiors
Casa de Tapas – interiors
Casa de Tapas - interiors
Casa de Tapas – interiors
The view from Casa de Tapas
The view from Casa de Tapas

Besides the Spanish cuisine, people come here to enjoy their meal and open their minds with some fantastic view of the sea and the city. You’ve got the best views in this restaurant, no doubt on that. There is two sides to the restaurant. One side is dedicated to smoking where the surrounding is more open. The other side is non smoking and felt more private with sofas and dedicated TV for each table. The ambiance is a very healthy one with lot of laughter and happiness seen between diners at Casa de Tapas.

Complimentary bread with dipper(made from tomata and olive oil)
Complimentary bread with dipper(made from tomata and olive oil)
Mocktail - Dhs 25
Mocktails – Dhs 25

I love their hot bread along with their dipper (a combination of olive oil and tomatoes). Bread was fresh, soft and just perfect for a bite. We tried 3 of their mocktails. If there was something that they need to improve then it’s definitely their mocktails.  It just didn’t have enough taste that you’d expect from a mocktail. Probably they need to work on their syrup formula.

From left: Boiled eggs with tuna, mayonnaise and spring onion - Dhs 25, Tempura vegetables with a classic salmorejo cordobestomato dip - dhs 35
From left: Boiled eggs with tuna, mayonnaise and spring onion – Dhs 25, Tempura vegetables with a classic salmorejo cordobestomato dip – dhs 35
Prawns cooked in garlic, smoked paprika and chili - dhs 45
Prawns cooked in garlic, smoked paprika and chili – dhs 45

We tried some of their hot and cold tapas. As I write, I realize some came to our table and some were forgotten 🙁 The most ordinary tapas were the boiled eggs with tuna which was good but nothing different. The vegetable tempura was fun. You find different types of vegetables once you break them like egg plant, spring onions, capsicum etc and that dipper that came along with it was made the tempura even better. Although you feel a little guilty when you feel that oily vegetable tempura in your hand but who cares that’s what you should expect from a fried item! The hot tapas which was prawns cooked in garlic, smoked paprika and chilli was magical in taste. It’s that curry of garlic, smoked paprika and chili which makes this hot tapas prawns irresistible. We didn’t spare any bit of this curry that came with the prawns.

Paella Mixta - Dhs 80 - rice, chicken, mussel, clams, prawns, squid and vegetables
Paella Mixta – Dhs 80 – rice, chicken, mussel, clams, prawns, squid and vegetables
My guest excited to jump into her Grilled fillet steak (180gm) - Dhs 120 served with mixed vegetables and chimichurri
My guest excited to jump into her Grilled fillet steak (180gm) – Dhs 120 served with mixed vegetables and chimichurri
My guest excited to jump into her Grilled fillet steak (180gm) - Dhs 120 served with mixed vegetables and chimichurri
Grilled fillet steak (180gm) – Dhs 120 served with mixed vegetables and chimichurri

Their paella was the favourite part for me and I recommend everyone to order it without fail, If possible try the same one you see above(Paella Mixta). This is the best Paella I’ve had so far. Last time I tried Paella from Real Madrid Cafe which was really not up to the mark. I am definitely coming back to this restaurant to have more Paellas from here. The Grilled fillet steak was cooked perfect. Tender and would just melt in the mouth.

whole sea bass baked in rock salt served with oven roasted potatoes - Dhs 185
whole sea bass baked in rock salt served with oven roasted potatoes – Dhs 185
Uncovering the rock salt from whole sea bass which is baked in rock salt served with oven roasted potatoes - Dhs 185
Uncovering the rock salt from whole sea bass which is baked in rock salt served with oven roasted potatoes – Dhs 185
flesh taken out of the whole sea bass baked in rock salt served with oven roasted potatoes - Dhs 185
flesh taken out of the whole sea bass baked in rock salt served with oven roasted potatoes – Dhs 185
whole sea bass baked in rock salt served with oven roasted potatoes - Dhs 185
whole sea bass baked in rock salt served with oven roasted potatoes – Dhs 185

I’ve eaten sea bass before but never was served in such a fashion like at Casa de Tapas. The whole sea bass came covered in rock salt, it seems they cover the fish with rock salt, bake it in the oven and then bring it to your table. Right in front of us they uncover the fish from rock salt, remove the outer skin and serve the flesh on a separate plate along with oven roasted potatoes. The good part is you don’t put any effort here besides watch them do the hard work while you eagerly wait like a cat. Of course the fish tasted fresh as ever and you can never be more satisfied.

Volcan de Chocolate - chocolate fondant with valley cherry  ice cream - dhs 40
Volcan de Chocolate – chocolate fondant with valley cherry ice cream – dhs 40
Chocolate fondant with valley cherry ice cream - dhs 40
Chocolate fondant with valley cherry ice cream – dhs 40
cacao and cinamon churros with white chocolate - Dhs 28
cacao and cinamon churros with white chocolate – Dhs 28
Pan fried bread soaked in milk and tio pep, serve with dulce de leche ice cream - dhs 32
Pan fried bread soaked in milk and tio pep, serve with dulce de leche ice cream – dhs 32

They surely had some lovely desserts. I still want to have more of their bread pudding. A little different and very good. You cannot miss to order churros at a Spanish restaurant but the one here was served with white chocolate sauce which I thought was not a great idea. I am sure their churros would have tasted better with a dark chocolate sauce instead. The hot chocolate fondant was my second favourite which came with a hot chocolate crust, you break open and then chocolate fondant is flowing out. The ice cream makes a great pair with their hot chocolate but I just thought the ice cream scoop was a little too small.

Enjoying her dessert (churros dipped in white chocolate) - Dhs 28
Enjoying her dessert (churros dipped in white chocolate) – Dhs 28

It’s been a lovely treat of spanish food at Casa de Tapas. An authentic Spanish cuisine. The strong points are their hot tapas, main courses specially their paella and nice desserts to end with. You can eat with fantastic views of the creek and NEW DUBAI. Nice desserts to end as well. Click here to visit their official website and click below to view pictures in full screen view:

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