Izu Ani has opened his latest concept in DIFC in collaboration with fellow chef Orestis Kotefas. GAIA is a Greek-Mediterranean concept inspired by the Greek goddess of all earth, the mountains, sun, and sea.
Ani and Kotefas designed the menu incorporating the core elements of Greek cuisine while adapting it for the Dubai fine-dining scene. Among the signature dishes on the menu are Greek salad, baked feta, seabream carpaccio, and baby goat.
GAIA concept creator Ani said: “To create GAIA, we truly delved into the foundations of Greek culture, and explored the elements of their cuisine, their eating rituals and how they enjoy meals. The most important parts are often the ones that you can’t see, like the roots of a tree or the submerged part of the iceberg. GAIA stemmed from this philosophy, a venture born of depth, history and expertise.”
Located in Gate Building 4, DIFC, GAIA is now open daily for lunch from 12pm to 3pm and dinner from 7pm to 2am.