S. Dali Tapas Bar & Restaurant Restaurant Review, San Mateo
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S. Dali Tapas Bar & Restaurant is a Spanish tapas (small plates) restaurant that opened in late 2009. It is located in downtown San Mateo, a block away from the theater, in a location that once housed Gator’s neo-soul.
Decor, Vibe – Spanish music, Dali pictures on wall. Fairly full On a Sunday, families, couples, mixed ages and races. Lots Spanish speakers. They have live music some days.
Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)
S. Dali Tapas Bar & Restaurant Menu has a big menu of lots of small and big plate options with lots vegetarian options, vegan options with some errors.
Very delicious Warm bread and a spicy chimicurri sauce
Pisto Manchego ($3.50) Olive oil slowly cooked vegetables with a sunny side up egg. Egg was medium side up and big. Eggplant, squash, hot out of kitchen, but a canned tomato sauce reduced dishes value.
Crudo de Lomo ($5.50) Thin sherry wine marinated raw filet mignon slices with capers and Manchego Cheese. A carpaccio like dish with a nice lite mayo on top, lots of capers. The dish was nice with lots of sour zesty flavor.
Trio de Carne Asada ($6.50) Combination of beef, pork and lamb served with Chimichurri sauce. 3 medium sized bites, all with good flavor. Juicy, and the beef, lamb were the best.
Paella de Mariscos or Seafood paella ($20.95) Saffron rice, prawns, scallops, mussels, calamari, chicken, chorizo and spices combined to create an explosion of traditional Spanish flavor. The dish took 25 minutes and it was huge. Lots of ingredients, typing hot, two big tasty shrimp, lots of chicken breast meat that was dry, chorizo was dry also, maybe too lean.
Pulpo a la Gallega ($6.50) Tender octopus with Spanish olive oil, potatoes & smoked paprika. Luke warm, lots of potato, on the salty side, cayenne pepper added some heat.
S. Dali Tapas Bar & Restaurant had a versatile server/maitree who made decent recommendations. Lots roaming servers making sure everything was okay. Short wine list. The food here was good but not spectacular. A place like Bocadillos or Contigo in San Francisco has a lot more to offer, but for the suburbs this place is fine.
Check ahead as there is live music on some days.
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