Highly Commended Best European 32 Comments
Elia is a surprising find. The restaurant is divided between a comfortably intimate dining space in bright and breezy, beachy tones of yellow, stone-washed white and olive tree greens. It opens out on to an equally inviting terrace that is atmospherically lit, and enclosed by greenery. Tucked behind the back of the restaurant is also a small deli space, selling Greek condiments, pickles and breads, made in-house by the restaurant kitchen. The neatly proportioned menu offers a satisfactory selection of both traditionally prepared recipes and modern innovations on a Greek theme, both to great effect, well prepared and enjoyable. Our only issue is that, for a menu so unique to Dubai and a cuisine not overly familiar to most diners, it’s a shame that staff aren’t able to share a better knowledge of the food on offer. Even so, Elia is a restaurant that is thoroughly Greek in concept, straddling a sense of tradition and modernity, without, refreshingly, resorting to novelty and stereotype.
Open Sat-Wed 7pm-11.30pm, Thu-Fri 7pm-midnight. Majestic Hotel Tower, Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai (04 501 2690).
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