Modi Dubai: The world’s highest licensed Georgian restaurant

Modi Dubai is the world’s highest Georgian licensed restaurant. It’s the creation of the Georgian celebrity chef Guram Baghdoshvili. Located on the 31st floor of the Sofitel Dubai Downtown hotel, Modi is open daily from 12 noon until 4 pm for lunch and 7 pm until 1am for dinner and welcomes guests to enjoy the best bits of Georgia – including dancing waiters and live performances from a folk music band – right in the heart of the Burj Khalifa Area.

The decor is, as you might expect, inspired by Georgia and features traditional lamps, colourful table cloths, beautiful artworks by Georgian artists David and George Gagoshidze (which will be replaced with new artists and artworks every 3 months) and a stage area for the live performances. Traditional Georgian costumes are also on display. All of this is contrasted by the striking views of the Dubai skyline from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, 31 floors above ground. There’s also a licensed bar area with a smoking section (there’s a non-smoking area in the dining room).

The menu features the finest Georgian cuisine and wines, which are flown in directly from Georgia twice a week.

The Huntr visited Modi for a weekend dinner. We started our culinary journey with an assortment of all of the vegetable starters (120AED) – Pkhaleulis Tabla (a paste made of walnuts, fried eggplants, bell pepper and coriander), Badrijani Nigvzit (eggplant with walnut paste), Mtsnili (cucumber and cabbage homemade fresh vegetable marinade), Ajapsandali (a traditional dish made from eggplants, onions, garlic, tomatoes, bell pepper and coriander), and Mtsvane Lobio Pomidvrit (green beans made with onions, garlic, walnuts, tomatoes and coriander). And the assortment of all of the meat starters (225 AED, food for 4 people), which includes Black Angus Roast Beef with Pepper Sauce, Roasted Chunks of Calf with Mustard Sauce and Baby Chicken with Walnut Sauce. All of the meats were tender, well seasoned and delicious.

Next we tried the Watermelon Salad with Goat Cheese, Tarragon and Pumpkin Seeds (65AED), light and fresh, this is a must order as a starter or a side dish. The Supkahrcho (60AED), a soup crafted with beef, rice, tomatoes, onions and Georgian herbs, the Imeruli Khachapuri (60AED) – an incredible pizza/manakish type hybrid that features cheese-filled bread in puff dough, and the Calf Ribs (95AED).

To end a foodie journey through Georgia on a sweet note we sampled some traditional desserts – the Felamushi (50AED), boiled fresh fruit juice, flour and crispy walnuts with honey, Gozinaki (60AED), confection made of caramelised walnuts fried in honey and the Churchxela (60AED), fresh grapes juice, walnut and flour.

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