A slice of Spain in the city

FOOD REVIEW

The European cuisine lovers in the national capital are heading to Jaypee Hotels for a delicious reason- the ongoing Spanish Food Festival currently being held there.

Having commenced in the last week of November, the festival is going on at Eggspectation across three properties of the hotel chain – Jaypee Vasant Continental in Vasant Vihar, Jaypee Siddharth at Rajendra Place and Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort in Greater Noida.
It will continue till
December 22.
The unique food festival, organised by the hotel chain in association with Spanish Embassy brings two famous chefs from the Mediterranean nation to showcase their culinary skills. Apart from delighting the foodies, the purpose of this initiative is to strengthen cross-cultural relationship between the two nations and promote the knowledge of Spanish cuisine in India.

Guest chefs Xisco Palmer Amer and Antonio Palmer Amer are pretty excited to be part of this venture and are looking to serve the best of Spanish food to Delhi’s foodies.

“We have selected some of most popular traditional foods people generally have in our country. The focus is Tapas, which is an integral part of Spanish food scheme, and we have complimented it with some other snacks. To make the experience memorable, we have imported most of the food ingredients from Spain itself”, says Antonia, one of the chef siblings.

Croquettes stuffed with zucchini, spinach and eggplant, shrimps in olive oil and garlic and the Spanish omelette, were some of the starters that made it to the Tapas. Croquettes are the winner here with crusty surface and its contents ready to melt in mouth. The omlettes, served cold with traditional sauces, come with a rich filling of vegetables and
redolent of olive oil.
“The Spanish have a large breakfast, with less spice and the USP is the freshness of the raw material. Although every region is Spain has a different touch to it, we have tried to bring the best from all parts of our country,” says Xisco Amer, the other chef.

The main course of paellas, salads, chuletas, pescados and tortillas is served with a wide array of toppings. The salads, made from fresh vegetables, olives and seafood is enjoyable with its kaleidoscopic variety. Small Spanish pizzas, with a soft base and vegetable topping are unique and markedly different from the regular fare.  
And the best is saved for the last, the classic Spanish wine, Sangria takes the gastronomic experience to another level. On offer are Torres San Valnetin, Torres Vina Sol and Sol de Penas Vino Tinto, all of them rare and worth trying during or after your tantalising meal.

And this Spanish extravaganza is just for the romantic at heart!

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