OPA

Award-winning Greek restaurant on Sheikh Zayed Road
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Time Out Says

Opening as part of a wave of Greek restaurants lapping up on Dubai’s shores, OPA faced some serious competition up and down the city.

But with brilliant cooking, a delightfully kitsch taverna-style setting and lively nights filled with zorba dancing, it has well and truly smashed its way to the top.

Filling the space that formerly housed Catch, and utterly transforming it, enter through a reception area wallpapered with foliage and step out into a whitewashed dining room accented with vibrant bougainvillea.

Staff are quick to jump in and take orders, with the menu featuring familiar favourites (or are they...? More on that later) such as maroulosalata, prawns saganaki and kleftiko. And if it’s all Greek to you, prepare for plenty of recommendations.

Regardless, it’s impossible to go wrong. Highlights among the starters include a sublimely salty, pungent tzatziki and a tangy sea bass ceviche studded with jelly made from Greece’s most famous (/ruinous) aniseed-flavoured beverage.

Crispy, tender grilled octopus with white bean purée is pretty as a picture, but you should absolutely stop Instagramming it and scoff the lot while it’s hot – food cooked this well deserves to be eaten, not eulogised.

OPA is the kind of restaurant to get busier as the hour grows later, and as the evening wears on, the music picks up and the dancing and plate-smashing begins, with dishes piled high on every table for diners to fling to the floor. Whatever you do, don’t mix up your plates – the restaurant’s riff on pastitsio is far too good to miss.

What’s typically a homely, meaty pasta bake is delicately presented, but every inch as rich and tomatoey as a your yia-yia might have made. A grilled lamb kebab is just as thoughtful – juicy minced meat encased in crisp filo pastry, drizzled with spicy tomato sauce and creamy yoghurt.

But it’s not just about the food. From the late-night liveliness to the setting and service, OPA delivers the lot. There’s a real sense that it takes the food extremely seriously, but not itself. It’s a lack of pretension we’d be only too happy to see a lot more of. And judging by the waiting list for a table, we’re not alone. Yamas!

WHAT IS IT...
Award-winning Greek restaurant on Sheikh Zayed Road

WHY GO...
For a deliciously familiar feast, with plate-smashing thrown in

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 17 Mar 2019

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Details

Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
CuisinesGreek
7:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Saturday: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AMSunday: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AMMonday: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AMTuesday: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AMWednesday: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AMThursday: 7:00 PM to 2:00 AMFriday: 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Show number 04 332 5555
Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road

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