Puesta del Sol

Spanish and Arabian sharing plates
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Time Out Says

When we spy that Spanish restaurant Puesta del Sol is strewn with fairy lights and positioned out on a pier over the Grand Canal, we’re immediately confident that we’re in for a good night.

Just wrapping ourselves in the enormous faux-fur blankets provides considerable entertainment, and we’re already in high spirits as we start to assess the menu, which is split into Arabian and Spanish dishes.

From the Spanish side of things we go for the gambas al ajillo and fire-grilled steak bites.

Both are presented neatly in cast-iron pans and wooden boards, but neither dish is that hot by the time it reaches us.

The steak is tasty, though, and the salsa verde dip is a welcome addition. Meanwhile, we like the grilled shrimps and garlic-infused crunchy ciabatta bread, but the guajillo chilli is much too greasy and largely flavourless.

However, the dajaj mashwi is so good it just about blows our minds.

We’ve never known chicken to be so juicy and tender, and it’s served with some tasty flatbreads filled with delicious spicy vegetables.

The avocado hummus is also delightful, and the creamy dip is served in a portion so huge that even we can’t finish it. Our server seems genuinely interested in what we think and promises to report back to the chef.

The Arabian plates might not fit with the theme, but they are absolutely super.

Spanish and Arabian sharing plates

For the incredible dajaj mashwi, live DJ and amazing setting

03 Apr 2019

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