This week, Shanghai Daily’s international cuisine series takes you on a discovery tour of Spanish fare. Spanish dishes are greatly influenced by regional geography and climate and have added new tastes and flavors throughout history. Zhang Yang and Yoyo He have selected six restaurants that offer authentic Spanish food.
is a three-story Spanish restaurant in the People’s Park in central
Shanghai. It is a gourmet haunt for dishes like veal shank, simmered for
seven hours and served with salad and creamy potato purée. Every
Tuesday, the restaurant offers the succulent veal at 268 yuan (US$41).
It’s big enough for two to three people to share.
Another must-try dish is ham croquettes, juicy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.
Aitor Jeronimo, 33, started to work as a cook at age 19 and is now in
charge of all dishes coming out of Barbarossa’s kitchen.
finishing a hearty meal on the restaurant’s first floor, customers can
walk upstairs to a bar where cocktails and sisha pipes are offered.
Sitting on the terrace with a cocktail while viewing the park and modern
high-rise buildings on Nanjing Road is nothing but delightful.
Pomposo claims to be the first Spanish restaurant in Shanghai that is
equipped with an authentic Spanish Josper charcoal oven, used for
smoking, baking and grilling.
A wide array of traditional and
contemporary tapas, various cooked paellas and other selections of
Spanish “Josper” oven prepared dishes are offered here. Paellas at El
Pomposo are a little salty and heavily flavored. Most recommended snacks
are hot spring eggs served with chips, Teppan seared foie gras with
fresh litchi and caramel pudding.
Located at the fourth floor of
Iapm shopping center, the interior decor of EL Pomposo is reminiscent of
a Tapas Bar in Barcelona. An outdoor terrace is available.
is a typical Spanish diner that’s a little tricky to find as it is
tucked away in Yongfu Road. However, if you get lost, local expats will
likely be able to point you in the right direction.
“mouthful bite” in Spanish. The restaurant’s signature dish is Paella
con Langosta, made of a 200g lobster and a generous amount of mussels
and clams, which comes at a price of 368 yuan. Lamb sirloin marinated in
herbs and pan-fried is also recommended.
It also serves a variety of drinks, including Sangria and Espresso Martini, made of vodka, Kahlua, espresso and coffee beans.
Tomatito is a Spanish tapas restaurant on Taixing Road run by Chef Willy Trullas Moreno.
small Spanish eatery is nestled in a shikumen (stone-gate) house,
flanked by bars and other restaurants. It serves authentic, home-style
tapas. Its signature dishes include escalivada (charcoal-grilled red
pepper, onion and eggplant topped with strips of tuna) and mollete de
pato (mini sandwiches stuffed with spiced duck and mushrooms). Tomatito
is reasonably priced and amicable.
an emphasis on traditional yet creative Spanish tapas cuisine, the menu
of Macarena tries to incorporate both classic favorites and original
new dishes. Traditional Spanish rice dishes and tapas, Mediterranean
giant red prawns, churros with thick, hot chocolate, pulled pork, crème
brulee and acorn-fed Iberian ham are popular dishes at Macarena.
dining atmosphere here is inviting and trying to celebrate the culture
of Spain. Designed by a Spanish architect, the restaurant is decked in
imported Spanish wood, stone and marble. Function rooms are luxuriously
furnished with collections of Spanish art, and many pieces are stamped
by the Museo del Prado, the national art museum of Spain.