Dubai never ceases to amaze me with its eclectic dining options. It has restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world. Dubai now boasts of an authentic Georgian restaurant Modi that opened recently.
Modi is located in the 31st Floor of Sofitel Dubai Downtown. It is a spacious venue with a dining area, bar and a stage for live performance. Our table by the floor-to-ceiling window had the spectacular view of Sheikh Zayed Road.
Having visited Georgia three years ago, I’m aware of Georgian cuisine, culture and history. And I must say that while stepping inside Modi, I felt like I was back in Georgia. At Modi, most of their staff are from Georgia and they source ingredients from there.
The Georgian-inspired interiors of Modi gives it a rustic and earthy vibe. The venue is filled with Georgian paraphernalia like Georgian paintings, lamps, tablecloth and more. The staff are attired in traditional costume.
The live performance, folk dance and Georgian music enhanced our experience at Modi. We were thrilled to watch the Georgian waiters dancing to the live Georgian music.
We began with a glass of Georgian White Wine and during the main course we switched over to Georgian Red Wine. Georgia is one of the oldest wine making countries is the world, and we enjoyed the wines at Modi.
Georgian cuisine is meat-based but it also offers good options for vegetarians. As vegetarians, we were satisfied with the veg options at Modi.
As our starters, we had the fresh and flavorful Kakhuri Salad made from organic veggies sourced from Georgia. We also had an assortment of all their vegetable starters, we especially loved the eggplant with walnut paste and the famous stuffed cheese bread Khachapuri.
Second course or main course began with the crunchy Mtsnili or the homemade cucumber and cabbage marinade. We were also served Shoti, the traditional Georgian baked bread, corn and potato cutlets, Soko Ketsze/stuffed mushrooms and Lobio Kotanshi/dry beans cooked in the traditional clay pot. One of our favorite dishes of the evening was the comforting Lobio Kotanshi.
Each and every dish we tried were distinctly and deliciously different. All the dishes were packed with authentic flavors.
Third course was the dessert and we had the Assorted Georgian Desserts– Gozinaki, confection made of caramelized walnuts fried in honey and the candle-shaped candy Churchxela. Each bite of the dessert reminded us of Georgia.
Our dinner experience at Modi was outstanding. The food, the wine, the view, the atmosphere, the music and the service was excellent. Modi is a little slice of Georgia in Dubai.
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