Review: Flavors of Brazil at SPIRITO

Walk through the doors of Spirito and find yourself transported to South America. It is a cheerful space with flamboyant interiors, exotic drinks and intoxicating sounds of Brazil. This new restaurant is the latest in the series of South American culinary invasion to hit Dubai.

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Service was excellent from the moment we stepped through the door. The servers were in their element: charismatic and witty with a personality, to influence.

Caipirinha, margarita--They've got all kinds of Latino beverages to keep you ticking. For our appetizers, we opted for the Spirito Picanha Sliders and Coxinha, which are traditional Brazilian croquettes. Small plates clearly did not mean small and was ample for sharing. A bite into the sliders revealed the aromatic flavors of caramelized onions and well cooked juicy beef--everything you expect a top quality slider to taste like.  The smoked Coxinha was a tear drop shaped bomb of flavors. All together this hit the spot and I deemed them worth 5 stars.

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For my entrée, I opted for Lobo, which is a Balck Angus Steak served with Polenta fries. On arrival, it did create an impression with its innovative presentation, on a wooden board. While I still enjoyed it, it just really didn't stack up to my expectation. My husband picked the Cordeiro for his entrée. This is a two bone rack of lamb slathered shamelessly with chimichurri. It sure possessed a distinctive flavor and is 'Interesting' as my husband would describe it.

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Dessert saw us sharing the Brazilian chocolate bonbon cake. This layered pie is amazingly decadent! It has a thin crust biscuit layer topped with rich custard, layered with chocolate ganache and topped with whipped meringue. I almost tasted a slice of heaven. I was won over.

The overall scene: As seems fitting for a cosmopolitan city, with swag careers, fine dining has taken an about turn towards the more eclectic and trendy. This spot is a reflection of this cultural shift. Spirito has made its way into town with its vibrant vibes providing a welcome flavor of Brazil and its ethos. It is a spot not to be missed!

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Where: Media One hotel

Contact: +971 4 421 2679

Reservation:reservations@spirito.ae

visit: www.spirito.ae

Price: Coxinah  AED 55

Cordeiro -Two bone rack of lamb, chimichurri AED 120

Brazilian chocolate bon-bon cake AED 50

 

 

 

 

Review: HOOKED to Crab Tavern

If you attempt to score a table at Crab Tavern, you will find a contemporary approach to classic American Fun, Fare, and Favor. As its name suggests, Crab Tavern's menu boasts a myriad of crustacean dishes. It  focuses on reinventing the classic American food and drinks with a delicious and creative twist. The ambiance is upscale ‘Casual Chic’ with an inviting rustic charm, which includes; warm leather sofas, wide plank wood flooring, and brick walls...personally I love this style.I am a sucker for character and warmth. Crab Tavern 243

Our server Justin, who was knowledgeable, fun and witty  made great recommendations, and his service was stellar.

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We started by ordering a Strawberry Colada and a Crab Jar for drinks. I have an obsession for mason jars and classic milk bottles!! My poised and composed demeanor gave way to reveal a visibly excited and awed disposition when I witnessed our server present our drinks in mason jars and milk bottles. Not only were the drinks oozing an enticing appeal but also tasted equally good and were a refreshing start to our meal ahead.

 

IMG_6541For our starter, my husband and I shared a Seafood Arancini. It was my second rendezvous with Arancini and I must add that this particular one lacked the flavor to seduce my pallet and warm my soul. However, the presentation was immaculate with a generous serving of fresh salad greens paired with quail eggs.

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I associate mussels with my very first trip to the French Riviera, where my eyes and taste buds discovered the irresistible flavor of this juicy meat with glistening black shells. I was pleased to note Crab Tavern’s selection of Mussels from the entrée menu brought back delicious memories of the fresh juicy gems of the French Riviera. It was served in a silver tavern accompanied by crispy fries and crusty bread, to soak up the sensational creamy white sauce. It's everything you want it to be!

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My husband chose the much-recommended Singapore crab for his entrée.This was served in spicy chili-tomato gravy, which hooked him from the very first bite. Its appearance was tantalizing, served with crab cracking and scooping tools. My OCD husband overlooked the mess as he enjoyed the succulent flesh in a luscious spiced sauce. This dish lives up to its reputation and is a must try.

 

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For dessert, we opted to share a Pecan and Maple tart served with Bourbon ice cream. What I loved most about this pie is that It’s not cloyingly sweet and I did not have to battle cutting into the crust as it was just the perfect texture.

As the evening progressed the scene here was an upbeat frenzy. The servers were pacing about buzzing with life, clearly enjoying their trade.This kept us waiting a while after our dessert course, to grab the attention of a server (which was the only low point of our evening).

 

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Crab Tavern is completely unique to the city of Dubai. This space has rightfully earned a bounty of buzz. Scoring a table on a weekend can be tricky, so I recommend making a reservation to ensure you can eat your way through their praise-worthy culinary goodness. The rustic décor, fashion-forward company, uplifting tunes and welcoming vibes make this a space worth trying! It’s stylish, urban, fun, impressive and oh! its just larger than life… it’s American for crying out loud!!

 

Where: Media One hotel

Contact: +971 4 420 7489

Reservation: reservations@crabtavern.ae.

visit: www.crabtavern.ae

Price: The Crab Tavern Arancini / Scotch Egg AED 65

Singapore Crab - AED 85

Pecan & Maple Tart- AED 35

Strawberry Colada - AED 35

 

 

 

 

 

Experience Iftar in Dubai

Dubai is home to some of the world's best and finest, and it boasts a cutting-edge dining scene.It has placed itself on the international map as a 'must-visit culinary destination’. It was a delicious experience savoring a wealth of flavors and cuisines on offer in Dubai this Iftar season. The offerings ranged from regional favorites to international delicacies, which was as diverse as the city itself.

Here is a run-down of the spots you will want to visit to experience an iftar, offering everything from Middle Eastern favorites to global cuisine. The list is a mix of wallet-friendly, seriously good food places, to fine-dining splurges with sparkling service.

PER TE RISTORANTE E CAFÉ 

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Per Te Ristorante e Café, one of Jumeirah’s finest Italian restaurants, hosts alternative Iftar with an Italian twist

Menu Highlights:

  • Lentil soup with mushroom tortellini
  • Arabic-inspired bread platter with muhammara sauce, hummus and arrabbiata sauce
  • Platter including burrata cheese, crab cake with pesto mayonnaise, grilled polenta, vine leaves stuffed with rice, arancini stuffed with spinach and feta cheese, baby spinach with bresaola and fig, grilled prawns with turkey bacon and more
  • Lamb shanks with fresh garden risotto
  • Seafood with Tunisian couscous
  • Grilled baby chicken with traditional Arabic spicy potatoes
  • Beef tournedos steak with creamy mushrooms and traditional jarjir salad
  • Date semifreddo
  • Crema Bruciata - rich custard topped with layer of hard caramel and served with fresh mix berries

In addition, complimentary dates, fruit platter, and Ramadan beverages are served to all guests.This season Per Te will be open from Iftar until 2am.

Per Te is located in Villa no. 54, Street 12C, Behind Jumeirah Plaza, Jumeirah 1. The restaurant is open daily from 12pm to 11.30pm on weekdays and from 12pm to late on weekends. For more information or reservations, contact 04 344 6455 or send an email to info@perte.ae.

Facebook: @PerTeDubai

Twitter: @PerTeDubai

Instagram: @Per_Te_Dubai

 

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek

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As part of the hotel’s 40th-anniversary celebration Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek invites guests to enjoy the vast buffet for iftar, filled with an array of traditional dishes and international delicacies. The hotel is running special promotions throughout the year to celebrate their 40th anniversary. This month every guest that visits with 4 people will only pay for 3.

Iftar buffet is priced at AED 149 with a vast buffet of over 200 traditional and international dishes from 8 award winning restaurants.

For more information or bookings contact Tel. 00971 4 2057031. www.radissonblu.com 

Chez Sushi

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Dubai’s fast-casual Japanese restaurant, hosts alternative Iftars.

Highlights:

  • Japanese katsu curry – fried/grilled chicken or mixed vegetables
  • Mixed green salad
  • Miso soup
  • Steamed rice
  • Date mochi – Japanese ice cream made with dates

The Iftar menu is priced at AED 60 and AED 45 for the chicken and vegetarian options respectively.

Chez Sushi is located in Wasl Square (Al Wasl Road), Dubai Marina and Bay Square (Business Bay) and has recently opened a new outlet in Arabian Ranches. For more information or bookings, email info@chezsushi.com or call 800-78744. 

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ROSA MEXICANO 

Dubai’s casual Mexican restaurant, hosts Iftars with a twist.

Highlights:

  • SOUPS (Choice of) Guajillo Cauliflower and Lentil & Tomato
  • SALADS (Choice of): Mexican Chopped Salad and Market Salad
  • MAIN DISHES (Choice of) Crispy Stuffed Chicken and Shrimps Enchilada
  • DESSERTS - Hot Mexican Doughnuts
  • DRINKS (choice of) Jalapeno Mint & Cucumber Yogurt., Jallab Drink and Soft Drinks

Iftar menu is priced at 89AED

For more information or bookings visit http://www.rosamexicano.com/

PizzaExpress, Ibn Battuta 

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Highlights:

  • Ramadan Honey Date Dough Balls
  • Ramadan juices such as Laban Up and Kamaruddin juice
  • Make-your-own salad bar with mix capsicums, olives, roasted chicken, turkey ham and more
  • Traditional Arabic appetizers such as hommos and tabouleh
  • PizzaExpress salads such as the salad nicoise, Leggera Superfood Salad
  • A variety ofItalian soups from broccoli soup to Italian bean soup
  • Italian inspired mains such as beef lasagne and cannelloni Spinach and Ricotta
  • PizzaExpress pizzas from Sloppy Giuseppe to La Reine
  • Traditional and Italian desserts from umm ali to risotto dolce

From sundown until 9.30pm, PizzaExpress Ibn Battuta serves an Iftar buffet with a difference, priced at Aed69 per person.

For more information or reservations call 04 3685134