Spirito Lounge & Kitchen is the latest addition to Media One Hotel’s culinary offerings. The Brazilian-South American restaurant opened its doors to the public on 1st August, and lives up to the stylishly hep ambiance that Media One Hotel has become known for. Spirito is funky, refined yet rustic all rolled into one.
The restaurant does not have a signage at the entrance. Look down, the arrow points you in the right direction!
The atmosphere resembles that of a loud, jovial pub. Salsa tunes, groups of chirpy diners, and dark rustic table tops paired with mismatched chairs. The eccentric decor mix at Spirito is Latino-Brazilian reinvented.
Even the staff match the vibes. The pretty girls at the reception are dressed in matching off-shoulder dresses, and the table hosts wear funky functional harem pants.
We started off with the Mar Del Plata (Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with Salsa Verde served with Rocket Leaves).
This starter vanished within minutes of hitting the table. The carpaccio was beautifully sliced, and each forkful was deliciously moreish with the addition of Salsa Verde and accents of rock salt with cracked pepper. The rocket leaves added the much needed freshness from the meaty goodness, and elevated the experience to another level.
For drinks, Hubby went for the Spirito Sangria. This is a fruity mix of fresh strawbberries and raspberries muddled in Zinfandel, Apricot Brandy and Prosecco, a heady concoction with a berry refreshing twist!
Our host for the night recommended the Acai Mojito. I love the idea of having a superfood in a drink, and loved the subtle berryness of every sip.
And there was freshly squeezed orange juice for my bubby.
We went easy on the appetizers as we had decided to order our mains from under the ‘Large Plates’ menu.
When there’s steak on the list, Hubby pretty much snubs everything else. So the Lobo was his undisputed choice.
The Lobo is a serving of prime Angus beef accentuated with coco and chili nib rub. Polenta chips and a serving of fresh green salad is served on the side. The steak was deliciously enhanced with the coco-chili; it was all at once flavorful yet subtle enough to let the beauty of the beef shine through.
Hubby ordered his steak medium-rare, and judging by the click below, that is exactly what he got 🙂
As for my mains, I wanted something authentically Brazilian and once again let our host do the choosing for me.
I had the Vatapa De Camarao. This is an authentically Brazilian coconut stew that is loaded with cajun shrimps and cashew.
The mains were flavorful and delicious. However, given both our orders came under the ‘Large Plates’ section of the menu, the portion sizes may not be adequate for big eaters.
My hunger was satiated, and I still had room for dessert 🙂
Once again, I wanted something authentically Brazilian. Our host for the night recommended I try the Mousse De Abacaxi.
This platter serves one scoop of mint and pineapple sorbet, and a creamy, soft pineapple-chili mousse. It is garnished with freshly roasted pineapple chunks, and also includes a large slice of dehydrated pineapple that my daughter referred to as the ‘sun on the plate’.
The mousse was smooth and creamy, with the tangy-sweet goodness of pineapple and just a very subtle kick of chili. The sorbet on the other hand was a cold, zesty pineapple hit and it and the two flavors complimented each other beautifully.
Hubby was going to skip desserts altogether; he is not a fan of sweet. With a little nudging, he decided to try the Torta De Sonho De Valsa (aka Brazilian chocolate bon-bon cake).
Mousse-like in its consistency, this is a decadent slice that has a crumbly chocolate biscuit layer and dollops of caramel in the center.
I managed to get just one spoonful. My dessert-phobic husband cleared up the plate with surprising efficiency! This just goes to show how good this bon-bon cake was, and we were not surprised when our host later told us that this was Spirito’s most ordered dessert.
Overall, Spirito Lounge & Kitchen is a must-try experience. I would definitely recommend Spirito for a casual night out with friends. The eclectic ambiance combined with an interesting assortment of drinks and dishes is sure to make its mark on the Dubai foodie scene.
Spirito Lounge & Kitchen is located on Level 9, Media One Hotel. For more details, visit their Facebook page.