Sun, 06 March 2022
The Kingdom’s first specialty Spanish restaurant, Salero, just launched their Saturday brunch experience. Farah Baig checked it out to find out what makes it so special.
Bahrain’s brunch scene has always had its own appeal as part of the Kingdom’s thriving gastronomy scene. On Fridays, most people look for an exciting brunch so they can blow some steam, dig into some good food and bask in some entertainment in the company of friends and family. So, it was a pleasant surprise this month when we heard that there was a new brunch in town… that too on a Saturday!
Salero Bahrain, the ever-so-vibrant Spanish restaurant at The Westin City Centre Bahrain will be serving up their brunch ‘Vermut A Tu Salud’ every Saturday, moving forward. The concept for this unique brunch was taken from the quintessentially Spanish tradition of nibbling on tapas and sipping vermut – so, naturally we were excited.
After being seated at a corner table, we decided to check out the selection of tapas carefully crafted by Chef Sergio Boreggo and the culinary team. Of the choices, what we enjoyed the most was the fresh Mussels in Escabeche, Chorizo Chicken Sliders and Goat Cheese Mushroom and Truffle Toast – the flavours were perfectly balanced. Other tapas that were up for grabs include the delicious Iberian Benedicts eggs, Shrimp Beignets, and Beef meatballs with almond sauce.
As part of the brunch experience, hot tapas are served right at the table along with a free flow of thirst-quenching red or white sangria and vermut. The extremely hospitable team started our table experience with a delectable trio of calamari, chicken tenders and fried fish cubes, each perfectly paired with sauces made in house to bring out the depth in flavour. This was followed by succulent beef tenderloin, grilled vegetables and a flavourful sauteed chicken with lemon and parsley. While Spanish cuisine is extremely diverse, we wouldn’t quite consider the experience complete without paella. We were delighted to know that the paella is made fresh throughout the brunch experience. We tucked into hot servings of chicken paella which were perfectly moist with rich flavour throughout – the perfect comfort food.
As we continued to enjoy our extended brunch experience, we helped ourselves to dessert. Picture-perfect tarts, mini cheesecakes, churros and puddings were just some of the delicious desserts on display. The Virgin Sangria Pannacotta was truly special with its flavourful sangria jelly and smooth pannacotta. We quite enjoyed the dark chocolate mousse which had depth of flavour and layers of textures with its delightfully crunchy crumble. Their zingy lemon cheesecake proved to be the perfect finish for the meal.
While the food at Salero proved to be absolutely incredible, what truly ignites their brunch experience is the live entertainment. Salero’s flamenco dancer, who is accompanied by a musician, is absolutely sensational and puts on the most mesmerising performances that capture the attention of diners – a vibe like no other!
To end our brunch experience, we had a quick chat with the newly appointed manager at Salero, Christophe Conti Navarro who mentioned that the team has plenty of exciting new experiences in store for people to look forward to.
Needless to say, with its unparalleled hospitality, music and electrifying ambiance, we will be back for another Saturday brunch at Salero.