OPA: A SMASHIN’ HIT

It had to be special. It was after all my husband’s birthday. So while looking for where I could take him out to dinner I came across photos of OPA which had recently opened at Fairmont Hotel – the images simply took me straight to travel brochures promoting Santorini and the other Greek touristy places – and I immediately knew that is where we should go.

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If I have to define OPA, it would be an “upscale-casual Greek” restaurant which makes you forget you are in Dubai – its like you have stepped into a whole different world.

As you walk up to the private elevator just outside of Fairmont Hotel (you can still use the valet parking service of the hotel but you will need to get the card validated at the restaurant), with the blue and white walls you know you are at the right place. And once the doors of the elevators open – the first sight is of pink bougainvillea plants (not real, unfortunately) everywhere – adorning the walls that frame the pathway to the restaurant. It had a swing which I know I will use for my mandatory photo with my husband at the end of the meal 😊

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Form this garden setting you walk into the restaurant which is decked with the traditional blue and white colour scheme. The authenticity of the restaurant is more pronounced when you learn that you will be able to smash a few plates and also enjoy some traditional Greek dancing.

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I had booked us a table – thankfully. The restaurant got pretty busy as the night went on and I was told that it gets busier as the night unfolds with a lot more dancing.

There was not a single thing we ordered on the menu that we did not enjoy.

We started with the Tzatziki – a traditional yogurt dip with cucumber, dill and roasted garlic served with some hot, fresh bread.

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Also, as part of our starter we ordered the Prawns Saganaki. Here the prawns were cooked in a tomato sauce with some feta cheese and roasted peppers. This reminded me a bit of the Shakshouka I have had for breakfast in places.

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For the mains, we had the Lamb Chops which came with pickled cucumber and tzatziki

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We also got ourselves the Steamed Sea Bass Fillet which had an artichoke puree and crushed green olive dressing.

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In between all this eating, two white plates were put on our table and we were told that we could break them once the dancers came on – we just had to throw them towards the dancing area (don’t aim for the dancers though, we were told!). They basically give you one plate per person at the table for free, but you have options to buy more at a price – which quite a few larger tables did do. It was so much fun – to be able to throw a plate intentionally so it would break into a million pieces!!! OPA!!!!!

Back to the food.

how can a birthday celebration be complete without dessert? So, we chose the most dramatic of the lot – the OPA Baklava Sundae – a modern take on a traditional dessert. It was a crispy filo cup filled with pistachio cream, homemade pistachio, caramel and Greek-yogurt ice cream, pieces of baklava and topped with caramel sauce, crispy filo and smashed pistachio.

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Location: OPA, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Telephone: +971 4 357 0557 Open from 7 PM – 1 AM.

NOTE: I ate at OPA on my OWN time and money! The views and opinions expressed on this blog are truly my OWN.