Dali Restaurant and Tapas Bar

I started going to Dali Restaurant years ago with my parents when they first moved to the neighborhood. I always thought it was maybe a little overpriced, but consistently good. And we are picky about Spanish food! We even used to try to replicate some of their dishes at home.

My mom recently dug up an old Dali gift certificate, so she brought Matt and me there last night. I’ve gotta be honest – our meal was a little disappointing! Some dishes were great, some not so much. Still, the restaurant has a great atmosphere and it’s always fun to try a bunch of different tapas.

We splurged on a bottle of Muga Reserva. We had a gift certificate, after all :).

They brought over this fancy decanter for the Muga, which was almost as awesome as the wine itself. Almost.

They served a yummy garlicky Garbanzo Spread with their bread.

We probably shouldn’t have ordered the Tortilla Española. We make it often and tried versions of it all over Spain. I thought that Dalí’s version was a little dry and bland. Also, my first bite had dill on it. I have a weird aversion to dill; it’s basically the one food in the world that I don’t love.

Luckily the next dish to arrive was much better (and probably my favorite of the night): the Lomito al Cabrales. A couple of thin slices of pork tenderloin were topped with a Cabrales cheese sauce and sauteed portobello mushrooms. The pork was really just a vehicle for the delicious cheese. I actually preferred the mushroom part of the dish over the pork…yikes, am I becoming a vegetarian?

Our next dish was the Pa amb tomàquet, which was toasted bread rubbed with tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil. It was probably silly of us to think that tomato bread would be good this time of year. The bread was also pretty bland.

The next dish was fantastic. The Coca Catalana was a flatbread topped with caramelized onions, black olives, roasted red peppers, and manchego cheese. The combination of the super sweet onions and the briny olives was absolutely addicting.

Tigres are something that my dad apparently used to make, but I don’t remember ever trying them. They’re traditionally mussels stuffed with a creamy bechamel sauce and fried. These tasted more like they were baked with a bread stuffing. They were really tasty, just not what I thought they would be.

Our final tapa was the Patatas Bravas. We noticed in Spain that every restaurant has their own version of these, and I don’t think any one way is correct. These were deep fried with a spicy tomato sauce and topped with allioli. While these were tasty, I prefer my bravas a little saucier and spicier.

Onto dessert…

OK, I am a total Arroz Con Leche snob. I spent a week testing out recipes recently. Dalí’s version really wasn’t creamy or vanilla-y enough for me. The fruit topping was pretty at least?

The Flan was alright. It had a strong orange flavor that threw me off a little.

There was some mix up with our table not being ready on time so the manager actually took the desserts off the bill, and gave us a Chocolate Tart and some Pedro Ximénez sherry at the end of our meal. I feel bad critiquing the cake since the gesture was so nice, but it was way too sweet and rich for my tastes.

The food obviously felt a little hit or miss to me this time. However, I still have a special place in my heart for Dali. Maybe I’ll just come for drinks and cabrales next time!

Dalí
415 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
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See my favorite dishes at this restaurant on Tasted Menu

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