Restaurant Review: Experience Greek cuisine at Avli by tashas
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Restaurant Reviews: Experience Greek cuisine at Avli by tashas

Restaurant Reviews: Experience Greek cuisine at Avli by tashas

The food includes mezze, salads, vegan delicacies, seafood and slow-cooked meats backed by the sourcing of many ingredients directly from Greece

Zubina Ahmed
Avli by Tashas Greek cuisine

Avli by tashas is the second Dubai-based licensed concept from restaurateur Natasha Sideris, the Founder & CEO of Tashas Group. Inspired by Natasha’s Greek heritage and passion for combining exquisite tastes, beautiful environments, and impeccable service, Avli is tailored to be a unique reflection of culinary traditions.

A calming oasis from the hustle and bustle of DIFC, the restaurant takes its cue from Athens, the seat of the world’s most famous poets, philosophers, artists and the root of Natasha’s heritage. As you enter, the ambience is reminiscent of modern Athenian culture and the open-air courtyards of the Mediterranean, where every meal is an occasion, each moment is a celebration and friends become family. The food, showcasing Natasha’s Greek heritage and roots, includes fabulous mezze, salads, vegan delicacies, seafood and slow-cooked meats exuding the simplicity of authentic Mediterranean flavours.


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Recently the restaurant has announced the launch of a new a’la carte menu. With the addition of fifteen new dishes, this new menu is reflective of Natasha’ passion and love for Greek cuisine, along with her eye for perfection and attention to detail. With over six months taken to develop, try, and perfect each dish, the new menu caters to every palate. Featuring seafood additions such as the grilled octopus salad, scallop crudo and the tuna & watermelon crudo, the mezedes selection on the Avli menu is the perfect start to a Mediterranean culinary escape.

Focusing on quality and creating dishes that are original with elements of authenticity, the latest additions in the mains include ala polita seabass with a smooth lemon butter emulsion, green peas, and potatoes, a node to the classic vegetable stew made to enjoy and relish with chunks of bread. Another great dish is the king crab leg, featuring two crab legs, served with a creamy saffron aioli, fresh herb basting and crisp gem lettuce.

Paying homage to her Athenian roots, the menu encompasses Natasha’s personal memories of shared meals with the dishes prepared in the same way her family would. The newest jumbo prawn saganaki is just that, with the seafood grilled to perfection with a confit garlic butter basting, it is served with a warm red pepper and tomato salsa, topped with fresh Greek feta. Catering to a variety of customers, veggie lovers can opt for the courgette and lemon Bucatini pasta, tossed in a herb and grana Padano sauce, with a house-made savoury zucchini jam and finished with fresh lemon.


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Known for its modern spin on traditional cooking techniques and regional flavours, Avli transports guests on a gourmet journey infused with a love for food. Ensuring each dish has a different flavour profile, the Avli team has carefully constructed the menu to capture new flavours and change the perspective on classic favourites through creative presentation and house-made products. Taking pride in making their own spice rubs, pickles, preserves and a traditional “spoon sweet” found in Greece, Glyko koutaliou.

Clever engineering is a key part of the Avli philosophy, ensuring each dish looks and tastes unique when ordered for the same table. Whilst similar ingredients are used across a variety of hot and cold dishes, the culinary team at Avli have creatively combined flavours and mastered the art of plating to ensure variety and diversity for their guests. Each ingredient is carefully selected, sourced, and cooked to perfection. All dishes are prepared fresh for each guest, ensuring they get only the best.

Focusing on authentic tastes and textures that combine and seamlessly showcase the culinary soul of Greece’s capital city, Athens, Avli is a chic, elegant and stylish space to dine in for lunch and dinner.  A place where every meal is an occasion, each moment a celebration and friends become family.

Avli by tashas reservations:
Phone: +971 4359 0008
[email protected]

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