Restaurant Review: Al Hambra
In a city where there are so many cultures and nationalities, Dubai’s culinary scene is bursting with delicious flavours. Yet when it comes to Spanish delicacies, there tend to be only a handful of authentic eateries. Luckily, Al Hambra at Jumeirah Al Qasr fills that void.
As soon as you walk through the doors, you’re transported to a chic Valencian taverna – even better, it’s one with sprawling stunning views of the palm-fringed canals of Madinat Jumeirah. In cooler months, make sure to request a table on the terrace where you get one of the best views of the Burj al Arab in town.
When it comes to the menu, there are so many options that at first it can seem a bit daunting. A quick chat with the friendly waiter, though, and all became clear. To start, there are smaller plates as well as tapas. Our waiter recommended picking one tapas each to start and sharing among the table, but to be honest, we’d say go for two each as they are incredibly tasty. Make sure you order the beef meatballs in tomato sauce, the patatas bravas and the garlic shrimps which come tantalisingly marinated in olive oil and chili. For those who are missing home, there’s also an amazing selection of pork, with the serrano ham and pata negra croquettes particularly notable.
Next up it’s time to order the mains. While they are definitely enjoyable, the tapas was undeniably the star of the show. Saying that, our grilled beef sirloin steak came cooked to perfection, while you also don’t want to miss out on the vast selection of paella – think seafood, squid ink and chicken and rabbit. If you’re ordering the herb crusted rack of baby lamb, make sure you ask for it pink – they recommend well done, but it’s much tastier with a bit of juice.
And it wouldn’t be a Spanish meal if it wasn’t all washed down with some sangria, right? Our fave grape based drink comes in six different concoctions and is perfect to sip on while you enjoy the delicious food. Enjoy!
INFO: Al Hambra, Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, 04 366 6731