CHECK IT OUT: Dali Restaurante y Bar de Tapas in Quezon City

Feast on sumptuous Spanish staples at this new tapas bar.

Dali Restaurante y Bar de Tapas
40 E. Lopez Drive Corner Sgt. Esguerra
Quezon City
Tel. No. 928-0971

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( Inspired by the iconic Spanish artist Salvador Dali, husband-and-wife restaurateurs Thirdie and Pia Herrera recently opened a Spanish restaurant named after the popular surrealist artist. The month-old casual dining spot boasts of classic Spanish cuisine, a wide selection of wines, and a wonderful date-place ambience.

Tucked in a quiet corner of the bustling restaurant-lined Sgt. Esguerra Street, Dali dishes out traditional Spanish staples, from hot and cold tapas to soups, salads, sandwiches, entrées, and to-die for desserts. First timers can't go wrong when ordering the Pescado de Sal (P500), a whole fish baked entirely in a salt crust; the tasty Paella Valenciana (P240) served with Dali's homemade aioli (no bottled mayo here); Callos (P285) drenched in a rich sauce; and their Cochinillo, a whole roasted suckling pig that should be ordered 24 hours in advance.

No Spanish meal would be complete without tapas, of course. Must-tries include the Tuna Croquetas (P60), Boquerones en Vinagre (P90), fresh anchovy fillets marinated in white wine vinegar and olive oil; Chipirones Rellenos (P140), baby squid stuffed with a meat sausage, breaded then crisp-fried and served in a velvety squid ink sauce; and Empanadillas (P95), miniature pies filled with vegetables and meat. End your meal with Dali's sinfully yummy Churros con Chocolate (P100).

Apart from a long list of dishes and the variety of wines served here, Dali also offers another Spanish staple: sangria. Not to be missed is the Sangria Oriental, a bright fusion of fruity flavors, wine, and basil-the perfect cooler for our tropical weather. Choose to dine inside or at the huge al fresco area where you can enjoy your pica-pica and wine coolers. And if you're into star spotting, we heard the Azkals drop by Dali sometimes.




Photos courtesy of Dali

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