Dreaming of blue rooftops, cobbled streets and baked Feta? You don’t have to travel to Greece to experience the delights of the Mediterranean with our pick of the best restaurants in Dubai.
Gaia DIFC, Gate Building 4
You know Chef Izu from other culinary delights such as La Serre and the Lighthouse, and now he has opened a new restaurant in DIFC serving up baked feta, seabream carpaccio and succulent baby goat. An ice market takes central position in the contemporary space, with fresh fish and seafood that changes daily. Guests are encouraged to visit the in-house fish expert, a Fishelier for recommendations on the best catch – and from the looks of it, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
If you haven’t been to Mythos yet, you’re missing out. One of the favourites among the locals and expats, it offers a buzzing atmosphere in a friendly setting – just pretend you’re visiting someone’s family ran tavern in Santorini. Expect all the favourites and don’t leave without sampling the moussaka.
Shimmers, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam
Right on the beach overlooking the water, Shimmers is the perfect spot for a laid back lunch. Share a series of starters and then indulge in gemista – oven-baked tomatoes and capsicums stuffed with rice and herbs.
Opa, Downtown (opening December 16).
Offering an authentic Greek experience, Opa will soon open its doors at The Fairmont Hotel in Dubai. Boasting an extensive selection of Greek flavours and spices, the carefully curated menu includes tender grilled meats, zesty salads, fresh fish dishes and sweet pastries inspired by the Grecian islands, alongside a few alternative dishes paired with hops and grapes.