The mastermind behind La Serre, The Lighthouse and carine is bringing his culinary excellence to Dubai’s financial centre…

DIFC dwellers have a new dining option to look forward to as homegrown Greek restaurant GAIA is set to open its doors in Gate Village this September.

The restaurant, a collaboration between homegrown chef Izu Ani and the Bulldozer hospitality group, advertises that it will serve Greek-Mediterranean fusion cuisine in a contemporary setting and promises ‘to become something truly different for Dubai’s restaurant scene’.

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Named after the Greek Goddess of Earth, the menu is described as being inspired by the Grecian costal islands. We’re expecting a big focus on seafood too, with first-look renders showcasing a fresh fish display, and the restaurant promising ingredients sourced directly from Greece.

“I have spent a lot of time in Greece, completely immersing myself in the environment, so that I can fully understand its roots,” explained chef Izu. “I found that, in Greek tradition, food is so much more than sustenance, it’s about culture, family and love. We have infused this theory throughout each part of GAIA, from the menu to the details and design, so that it is reflected within the ambiance,” Ani added.

Chef Izu Ani’s most recent outpost, carine, is one of our favourite new openings of the year, so we’re looking forward to seeing what his Greek fusion cuisine can bring to the DIFC foodie scene.

Meanwhile the Bulldozer Group have a collection of top high-end restaurants already in their portfolio including London export Scalini, DIFC stalwart Cipriani and the recently opened Crab Market, a partnership with top chef Vladimir Mukhin.

Two restaurant powerhouses joining forces? We can’t wait to check this out…

GAIA, Gate Village 4, DIFC, opening mid-September. 

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