Ostro Dubai: A slice of Mediterranean heaven right in the middle of Barsha

Located on the ground floor of the Dusit Kenz hotel just a few steps away from Dubai Internet City metro station lies this little gem: Ostro Dubai…

The best part about this Mediterranean eatery is without a doubt the atmosphere – it’s just so relaxing and you are instantly transported to another world. Think gorgeous wooden walls and pillars, clean white wash paint finishes, an Andalusian partition, floor-to-ceiling windows, wishbone chairs and impeccable floors. Lush.

Food-wise, The Huntr was impressed by Ostro’s “simple is best” approach to the dishes we sampled during our weekend lunchtime visit. There’s something for everyone on Ostro Dubai’s menu, which features an extensive array of starters, salads, small plates to share and main courses from countries including Greece, Spain and Italy. We tried two starters: The creamy burrata cheese with sweet and colourful heirloom tomatoes, finished off with sweet balsamic vinegar, olive oil and fresh basil and the gambas a la plancha – giant prawns cooked with rosemary, lemon, olive oil and garlic, and dressed with green sauce. For the main event, we opted for the seafood puttanesca and almejas con chorizo. Both were mouthwatering and showcased the “secret is in the simplicity” approach the Spanish chef clearly takes to his cuisine.

Sadly we were unable to sample anything other than water with our food since the breakfast buffet that had just finished had used up all of Ostro’s juice stock. Also, regrettably the coffee isn’t anything to write home about (although it is by no means terrible – just average).

Insider tip: There’s a pretty outdoor area where you can enjoy shisha in the cooler months. Ostro is not licensed. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Breakfast is served daily (buffet style and a la carte) from 6 am.

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