Chic Eats | GAIA, DIFC


A little piece of the Mediterranean in Dubai…

When it comes to elegant eateries, it seems Izu Ani can do no wrong. The name behind some of our all time favourite hotspots (La Serre, Carine,The Lighthouse,The Izu Brasserie and Izu Bakery) his uncanny knack for churning out instant hits is truly beguiling.

GAIA, DIFC

GAIA, DIFC, Dubai

Dubai is famed for its decadently hip hangouts, particularly DIFC’s ultra-chic Gate Village. But, it’s an increasingly rare occasion that the food and service fully live up to expectations. This is not the case with Izu Ani. Not only do all of his concepts boast such achingly cool interiors, but the food really does go above and beyond and has captured the hearts and stomachs of Dubai diners since the opening of La Serre in 2013. So, naturally when I was invited to GAIA, his latest venture in DIFC to try out some of the most popular dishes, I leapt at the chance.

GAIA, DIFC


GAIA, DIFC, Dubai

Packed since it’s opening night, prepare to book well in advance to secure a seat at this must-try new hotspot. But, oh how worth the wait it is. Arguably the most attractive new eatery in town, this striking Greek restaurant in the heart of DIFC is beautifully decorated with an understanded muted colour palette; clean greys, warm white painted woods and cream walls.

The lighting is low and warm, setting the perfect atmosphere for it’s elegant diners (Rami Al Ali is at the next table), sharing plates and happily chatting away. There is a delightful chef’s dining room reminiscent of an old Greek tavern and a charmingly kitsch gift shop selling fare such as magnets and notebooks. It’s an establishment that feels as though it has been around and adored for years.

GAIA, DIFC

GAIA, DIFC, Dubai

The whiff of fresh seafood, greets my nostrils as I am shown to my table and I can already begin to feel myself salivating. The waiter is cheerful and friendly and tells me he is originally from Greece himself – it’s an excellent start! I am served a decadent six-course feast that includes highlights such as a delectable starter of tuna glistening in truffle oil and mouth-wateringly delicious baked feta cheese drizzled in a honey sauce that I will most certainly be returning for.

Terrified I may have had to have been rolled out of the doors when leaving, when asked about pudding I very nearly declined. How very thankful I am that that was not the case. The caramel apple cheesecake was utterly perfect, all cream and crumbly biscuit. Delicious!

Planning a visit? We recommend wearing loose waisted trousers.

Click here to book a table at Gaia Dubai, Gate Village 4, DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.



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