Bravo is a Spanish Tapas Restaurant and Bar located in the Sheraton Corniche in a building a little away from the main lobby area. It once overlooked the sea front circa 2004 but is still a pleasant setting above a water way and "beach" below the corniche extension.
Although there are now other Spanish restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Bravo is the longest running and mainly serves tapas although a selection of paellas are also offered on the menu which can be accessed through the Sheraton web site.
The service was reasonable and the decor somewhat unexciting though enhanced by a Spanish guitarist playing Latin staples such as Guadalajara albeit a little too loud in my opinion.
Tapas are typically small snacks served with drinks in most bars throughout Spain. At Bravo, they are substantially larger and really mini meals in themselves - good news if you are not particularly hungry. I was reasonably hungry so I ordered three tapas which was more than enough for 1 meal for one person.
First off was the Gambas al Ajilo described as shrimp, Guindilla pepper (a chilli pepper from the Basque region) in olive oil and garlic (AED 40). The dish was delicious with 4 large fresh succulent prawns in a slightly piquant garlic and olive oil sauce - perfect with the complimentary bread to mop up the flavours. My second order was the Espinicas a la Catalana (sauteed spinach, chick peas, pine nuts and raisins) - AED 25. This was also excellent with the pine nuts and raisins adding an exotic texture and flavour blending well with the spinach.
My third order of Flamenquinas De Carne (grilled beef roulades with cheese and vegetables) - AED 31, took a little longer to cook but was equally good and tasty although perhaps a little rich with the addition of cheese. Certainly filling.
All in all a very good concept especially for couples or larger groups where many dishes can be ordered to share. And for Abu Dhabi, the prices represent really quite good value.
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