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Highly Commended Best European
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Elia could be classified a rare gem even if it were not for the fact it’s one of just a handful of restaurants offering Greek food in Dubai. Given the quality on display here, perhaps it’s as simple as any potential competitors not having the appetite for the fight. A cute, romantic, none-more-Mediterranean hideaway with friendly service and set within the bustle of the Majestic Hotel in Bur Dubai, it’s an oasis of calm. The menu includes an intriguing mix of Greek classics – the cheese saganaki and lamb morsels being must-tries – and modern spins – such as seafood yiouvetsi – given a modern twist courtesy of chef Baxevanis (the Greek celebrity and proprietor). True, some diners will find a few of the dishes bordering on heavy, but our recommendation would be to get yourself onto the lovely terrace and while away a long and relaxed afternoon with shared plates among friends.
Open daily 7pm-midnight. Majestic Hotel Tower, Al Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai (04 501 2690).

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