El Sur Dubai appoints new general manager and head chef

The Spanish restaurant, located in The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi has a refreshed leadership team
Daniel Perez (left) and Roberto Avila (right).
Daniel Perez (left) and Roberto Avila (right).

Spanish restaurant El Sur, located in The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, has appointed a new general manager and head chef: Roberto Avila and Daniel Perez.

Avilo's career has seen him in roles throughout the hospitality industry from Mexico, Europe and the UAE. In Dubai, he has worked as a bartender at Tortuga Mexican Kitchen at Mina A' Salam, and bar manager at Al Grissino in DIFC.


Perez grew up in Andalucía, and he has risen in the culinary ranks from demi chef to chef de partie and head chef throughout Spain and Dubai. His first UAE stint included a two-year position at Crowne Plaza Dubai and three years as chef de partie at El Sur before being promoted to head chef in February 2018.

El Sur’s menus and ingredients remain, with additions being seen in Spanish feasting lunches, ‘vermuth’ happy hours and pairing dinners.

Other changes will see the atmosphere and serving techniques updated to true ‘taperia’ style - seen in the hidden locations of old Spain where locals dine from morning till night.

Weekend lunches will see masses of tapas dishes passed from table to table, so diners can create a bespoke meal.

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