In the spirit of sharing with the ones you love, Sara Waddah visits cosy, modern Salero, for a special twist on how things are being done this month.
Found on the first floor of The Westin City Centre Bahrain, authentic yet modern Salero was able to successfully put together a Spanish Iftar experience, in which the flavours will transport guests to Valencia with every bite.
Ideally located at the heart of the island, the well-known Spanish and tapas eatery has mustered the perfect environment to bring people together in a social atmosphere to aid in breaking their fast graciously.
Bringing years of culinary experience to Salero Bahrain, Chef Juan Luis Pérez and the team have put together a Ramadan set menu, running alongside the à la carte offering, that provides an all-in-all satisfying experience from start to finish.
Arabic coffee is served on arrival and to initiate breaking your fast dates, dried apricots, figs, almonds, and walnuts are pre-set on the table. And these are quickly followed by guests’ choices of hot and cold dishes and the incredibly flavoursome Spanish Pardina Lentil Soup.
My favourite starters from the menu stand as the pisto with grilled cheese, which was perfectly seasoned and flavoured, and the spinach and dried fruits salad with honey dressing – a great combination that excited my taste buds and appetite for more.
Additionally, for the perfect way to quench your thirst, the Salero team have also come up with a whole selection of Ramadan mocktails (for only 1 BD extra), ranging from the traditional Jallab and Vimto to their own special twists on Kamaruddin and tamarind drinks, making them truly unique.
With a chef who’s originally from the east coast of Spain, it is no surprise that the main dishes on the Ramadan Set Menu, contain a variety of authentic paellas, served in the traditional pan. Guests can pick their choice of protein, from marinated roast chicken (my absolute favourite), slow-cooked lamb shank or shrimps, which is then prepared with the bomba rice in a method that aims to complement your chosen dish accordingly. Making sure to end on a sweet note, Salero has come up with a selection of desserts that combine various elements of Spanish cuisine with the traditional foods we are accustomed to during Ramadan. Bringing out an incredible presentation of Date Iced Parfait, Chef Juan explained that the parfait was a combination of mousse and ice-cream that is then decorated with dried fruit compote, almonds and pistachios. Muy Bueno!
With eccentric art pieces all over the restaurant, radiating the true essence of Spain, the atmosphere at Salero makes it easy to be comfortable and relaxed, making your visit to the venue one that is natural and easygoing.
Despite the restaurant being completely centred around Spanish cuisine, Chef Juan and the team have successfully incorporated different Ramadan concepts into their dishes, ensuring that the spirit of the season is very much still apparent during the Holy Month.
Perfect for a different experience that remains fulfilling during Ramadan, this location is ideal for grabbing your closest friends and family for an evening that’ll keep you satisfied physically and mentally, for sure.
With attentive staff who continue to work diligently to ensure all COVID regulations are observed, this informal Spanish dining concept makes sure it appeals to most taste palates and will also be serving regular menu dishes throughout the day during Ramadan with iftar starting at sunset. ✤