What’s Cooking? Lola Taverna Española’s Chef Daniel Perez Delgado

by Dina Maaty | Published 2 weeks ago

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The Lola Chef with GM Lloy Rubio

Lola Taberna Española’s innovative menu, offering a modern take on Spanish classics, is the work of Head Chef Daniel Perez Delgado. 

Q: Tell us more about the vision behind the cuisine at Lola Taberna Española.
A: The goal is to deliver an experience that Dubai has never seen before, the true Spanish “taberna” culture. Not only are we claiming to bring the much-needed Spanish flair to the Dubai scene, we’re promising an immersive dining experience that celebrates authentic cuisine and its eccentricities.

We want guests to enjoy a meal that is neither pretentious or overly complicated, but filled with tradition, flavour and lots of love. As people take their first bite of the food, it should be clear that quality ingredients are the star of the dish.

Q: What are your top dishes, and what’s your personal favourite?
A: Favourite and top dishes? All of them! We have curated an amazing mix of dishes from across Spain to create a menu that any lover of Spanish cuisine will find exceptional. Every single dish has a rich history, is packed with unique flavours and has the ‘Lola’ touch.

Without a doubt, our bestseller is the ‘Croquetas de Jamón Ibérico’ as well as the ‘Cochinillo Deshuesado & Cebolla a la Brasa’ cooked on charcoal, a true Spanish explosion of flavours.

Q: If there’s one thing you would like to tell guests about the venue, what would it be?
A: We’re trying to bring the ‘taberna’ culture to Dubai, a bar culture that revolves around cherishing magical moments with friends and family as you relish in mouth-watering dishes. In any traditional taberna, it’s all about the food as the main component bringing people together and making them feel at home.

It was imperative for us to create a similar haven in Dubai, a city filled with expats. To bring that piece of ‘home-away-from-home’ to Dubai’s Spanish community, as well as everyone who wants a taste of Spain and its rich culture. When you walk into Lola, we want you to be immediately transported to the loving streets of Spain and feel the good energy.

Q: How are you planning on developing the menu further?
A: I plan to continue innovating and bringing new seasonal dishes to the table. At Lola, we will always have a board of specials, prepared with the best products of the season and lots of love from Spain. Of course, we’re dedicated to giving our loyal guests the best experience possible and that makes their feedback the most important factor. Mi casa es tu casa!

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