DUBAI: Perched on a terrace overlooking the world’s largest fountain on Palm Jumeirah is certainly one of Dubai’s latest Greek eating places, Aiza.
With all of the current launches on the Palm Jumeirah’s The Pointe, it looks as if builders need to flip it into one other fine-dining spot in Dubai. The ambiance at Aiza is akin to some locations at Dubai Worldwide Monetary Middle, well-known for its high-end eating places. Sadly, so are it’s costs.
The enchanting design of the restaurant’s outside space is full of flower arches, heat lights, and wood furnishings, giving it a nice romantic vibe. Indoors, it’s a lot brighter however no much less magical, with a ceiling adorned with decor that imitates waves.
For added authenticity, Aiza hires Greek waiters to actually make you’re feeling as in case you are on certainly one of Greece’s in style islands.
Proper from the beginning of your go to, it’s clear Aiza is sparing no effort to set itself aside. Whereas the complementary treats eating places provide should not often memorable, our Kalamata olives at Aiza had been some of the fulfilling dishes of the night time, with a taste halfway between Spanish and Arab olives. Like their Iberian kin, these olives from the southern Peloponnese had the sourness of pickled meals, however like their Arab cousins they boasted an actual depth of taste, with garlic-y and smokey notes.
Aiza’s menu is designed for sharing, replicating the Mediterranean expertise of consuming with family members and kin and all partaking in every dish.
One of many standout starters was the Cretan-style salad with dakos barley rusks, marinated-tomato combine and xynomyzithra cheese. The rusks added a satisfying crunch — and surprisingly remained crisp regardless of being drenched in dressing. The sourness of the juicy tomatoes was balanced by the creaminess of the cheese — which has a texture halfway between cottage and feta cheeses. The salad as a complete was scrumptious, with an herby aftertaste.
The moussaka — typically referred to as Greek eggplant lasagna — was additionally glorious. It’s a perfect alternative for many who get pleasure from Levantine delicacies, as there are, clearly, similarities to the Lebanese model (aka maghmour). The smoked-aubergine boats are full of tender minced beef and potatoes, coated with wealthy graviera cheese. I often hate aubergine, however I completely loved this decadent dish.
The restaurant gives quite a lot of seasonal dishes, together with the grilled sea bass with skordalia —a garlic-based puree. The bass was completely cooked — not over-seasoned, which allowed the pure creaminess to shine by. The scrumptious garlic-and-potato skardalia was coloured with cuttlefish ink, and was delicate and juicy.
The true spotlight of the night time, although, was the lamb shank Ladorigani, which was slow-cooked in a josper charcoal oven with a facet of roasted potatoes. The waiter slides the meat of the bone in entrance of you on the desk, and as quickly as I noticed how swiftly it slid off I knew it was going to be scrumptious. The tender lamb is juicy on the within with a crispy crust, and the flavorful marinade was barely candy, however salty. A particular must-try for lamb lovers.
For a conventional Greek dessert, you must undoubtedly strive the mini galaktobureko — crispy rolls of filo dough full of the semolina cream and mastic-pistachio ice-cream and sweetened with honey with a faint trace of lemon, making a wealthy, balanced style sensation.
However Aiza additionally makes scrumptious worldwide classics, corresponding to molten or lava cake, which comes with a facet of creamy vanilla ice-cream and strawberries — the milkiness of the ice-cream and the strawberry tang offering an ideal distinction to the bitterness of the cake’s darkish cocoa.
And, in fact, as in any self-respecting Greek restaurant, guests get the possibility to smash up some crockery. Your waiters will carry out a conventional Greek dance for which your desk shall be given particular plates which you can be requested to interrupt (in a fairly orderly method) underneath the toes of the dancers.
All in all, Aiza is a good venue for a date night time or an intimate dinner with pals, providing scrumptious Greek meals in a beautiful setting.