The homegrown concept from FFI offers authentic Greek dishes on the scenic Madinat waterways
UAE, Dubai March 2019: Taverna Greek Kitchen, the latest concept from Food Fund International (FFI) is now officially open at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The homegrown concept brings the much-loved flavours and dishes of the Mediterranean, set alongside a renowned stunning waterside location. The interiors offer a rustic yet elegant feel, with stone, wood and marble finishings that showcase the best elements of the Greek islands.
The open-style kitchen and cosy surroundings allow guests to be transported to a local Greek family-run restaurant. To add to the immersive experience the Taverna management team are Greek; the Head Chef is Theo Rouvas, and Mirella Paschou is the General Manger, who is also the first female GM for FFI.
The Taverna Greek Kitchen concept is based on a sharing style with a wide variety of meze including cold plates, salads and appetizers to start. Highlights include Ksidato Octopus, slow braised octopus with vinegar, oregano, onion, Salicornia and extra virgin olive oil. Classic Greek dishes such as Tzatziki, Taramosalata and Athinaiki are also a staple part of the menu.
The menu offers a variety of fresh seafood, each of which is cooked to order either grilled on the wood-fired grill, baked or salt baked with lemon oil and served with fresh horta (wild greens). The fresh fish display located at the entrance of the restaurant is rich with the catch of the day selection such as: Sea Bass (Lavraki), Grouper (Sfyrida), Red Snapper (Lythrini), Sardines (Sardela) and Rock Fish (Scorpion). Guest can also expect traditional Souvlaki Skewers, beef, lamb or chicken, served with homemade wood-fired pita bread, Greek fries and Tzatziki – cooked and served the Greek way.
Also on the menu are the Taverna Classics; Moussaka, Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder, Gemista and Bifteki, all of which are dishes that are seen on every restaurant’s menu in Greece. Those with a sweet tooth can savour traditional Greek doughnuts (Loukoumades), Greek Coffee Tiramisu or Greek Yoghurt Pavlova to name a few. The carefully selected beverage menu consists of unique concoctions of cocktails and mocktails featuring specially imported Greek ingredients, as well as selected wines that will compliment every dish on the menu – bringing together the complete Taverna experience.
A pioneer in the dining scene, Food Fund International is a family-owned restaurant business that has been prevalent in the market for the last 14 years. The opening of Taverna Greek Kitchen marks the 14th venue in the UAE, others include acclaimed venues such as The Meat Co., Bentley Kitchen, Tribes and Eat Greek. FFI is known for outstanding authentic style, food and ambiance in every venue and the opening of Taverna Greek Kitchen promises diners an authentic gastronomic journey in beautifully curated space.
About Food Fund International
Food Fund International was developed as a concept over 14 years ago by the Chairman, Costa Tomazos, who began his food and beverage journey in the 1970s when he opened one of the first steakhouse chains in South Africa. Food Fund International is a family-owned and run business, that has developed a portfolio of restaurant brands across the globe. All restaurants are people focused, recruiting only the best to deliver high quality and inspirational food concepts.
Costa’s son and CEO, Johnny Tomazos, focuses on the strategic development of the group, combining all the elements of sound financial management with an exceptional amount of entrepreneurial flair, consistently delivering viable concepts and solutions within the food industry – growing the group portfolio year on year, identifying new and exciting opportunities, and bringing them to life. The Food Fund International portfolio includes a number of independent food and beverage brands stretching across the globe in South Africa, Greece, the UK and the Middle East.