February 20, 2016 / Leave a Comment
So my journey at Spirto began with modest expectations. With the glut of pan-latin restaurants I wasn’t sure what to expect. Well in short, they blew me away. A jovial atmosphere pervades the venue with some colourful and spirited decor that doesn’t feel cookie-cutter Latin American. A great casual joint for a date night or catch up with mates.
Stupidly we forgot to book so finally snagged one around 10:30pm. And well, it was worth the wait. Tip: if you visit on a Wednesday and are of the fairer sex (sorry boys) you can enjoy complimentary drinks at other Media One outlets pre and post dinner. The:ZONE on the ground floor to the right of the entrance serves some kick ass cocktails for ladies’ night and you get two for free, so head here for a pre-dinner tipple, available from 6pm. Check out Q43 upstairs for two free drinks post 11pm if you’re still keen to carry on imbibing.
We ordered only small plates so that is the only section of the menu I can pass comment on. But it was so good it put smiles of amazement on our faces from the first bite. A rare thing in Dubai. I’m not South American, so no, I can’t measure authenticity – only deliciousness!
Our order came with a side of four sauces – lime mayo, mango sauce, guacamole, and a spicy sauce/salsa of some kind. Such a great idea to provide these at no extra charge. These extras worked well with all of our dishes and enabled you to mix the flavours up even more.
What we ate…the Pastel de Carne – light pastry filled with spicy braised beef. These rocked my world. Like wow. So gooooooood! Crispy pastry, amazing flavour and just plain delish. These are on my reorder list, and I must try the cheese version too next time. I could have eaten the whole tray of five myself.
Next the Quibe Brasileiro – beef croquettes, lime, coriander, mint were also fab – more like oval shaped meatballs than what I personally expected from the croquettes description (I guess I was thinking Spanish). Again these were good, especially when complimented by the salad we ordered and the condiments.
The sliders – beef flank, cream cheese, brioche, were also scrummy – and 5 to a serving! I think you’ll like these. We also had the Salada de Manga to balance out all the meaty carbyness – mango, avocado, lime, chill, toasted coconut, plantain crisps. A great accompaniment to the other dishes, though the plantain crisps were a bit redundant. Just looked and tasted like banana chips and got a bit soggy in the salad. The flavours worked so well together though and with all other dishes we ordered.
We were so blown away by how surprisingly great the offering was that we booked a table for the next week upon exit. And hey, with free drinks for ladies 8pm-3am in February, does it get much better? No, I can tell you it really it doesn’t! Book a table NOW!!!!