The story of OPA goes that when Greek-born Thassos flew out to visit his son Alexandros who was living in Dubai he realised that getting a taste of food from home was nearly impossible. Spotting a gap in the market, Thassos decided to take matters into his own hands and open an authentic Greek restaurant in the heart of the Middle East.
While the chosen cuisine might be Greek, this is still Dubai. So, starting snacks include oysters with truffle or caviar. Next, kick things off with the bread selection which includes the house pita grilled and served drizzled with olive oil and oregano.
Starters include tune tartare with more truffle, Greek yogurt, shallots and crispy koulouri; a traditional plate of smooth taramosalata made with plenty of lemon; and a silky hummus which comes adorned with various garnishes. Salads and hot starters follow and span grilled octopus through to lamb kebabs.
For mains you’ll find crowd pleasers like moussaka and lamb chops as well as some more unusual options. Papoutsakia – for instance – is made up of roasted aubergine, caramelised onions, roasted pine nuts and yogurts and is completely addictive. Lobster orzo is another favourite – made with a rich shell stock and served with seaweed butter.
Aside from the food, the allure of OPA lies in the fun and frivolity of the entrainment. People book in droves to be party to the performers that flex from servers into artists in the blink of an eye to treat diners to a show of singing, dancing and – uniquely – plate smashing. This combination ensures a lively party atmosphere every night of the week with diners getting into the swing of things by cheering and clapping along.
Interiors are light and bright with plenty of natural wood and Aegean blue splashes throughout the textiles for an authentic Greek feel.