Restaurant Review: Mythos Kouzina & Grill, JLT
A hidden treasure in Jumeirah Lake Towers
Mythos is a hidden treasure in the base of the Armada Blue Bay Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, an area overloaded with mediocre takeaway joints – but look hard enough and you’ll find some outstanding eateries with the sort of laid-back, fully licensed, off-the-beaten-track charm that you won’t find anywhere else in Dubai. Mythos is a prime example of this.
Walking around the lake, you wouldn’t know what was behind those high whiteboard walls – you access the venue via the hotel’s car park (curb appeal is not a strong point) – but once inside it’s almost as though you’ve stepped through a magical back door into Greece. The fact that it’s less than obvious from the outside actually makes it seems that bit more special.
With its white-washed stone walls, traditional blue floor tiles, rustic wooden and wicker chairs and tins of cutlery adorning tables, it feels like an authentic Greek taverna, with music to match. Ceiling-to-floor glass sliding doors running the length of the restaurant open onto a terrace of olive trees, which sparkle with little fairy lights at night.
The menu features starters, salads, gyros and souvlaki kebabs, grills and kouzinas. From the Greek word for kitchen, kouzinas are Greece’s home-cooked classics, such as rich and creamy moussaka, spicy veal stew with potatoes, and chicken in chervil and vino sauce – Mediterranean comfort food at its best! For starters, the visually striking, plump and meaty grilled octopus is a must; it’s so simple and yet so delicious. And for sweet-toothed dessert lovers, there’s a choice of six finales, from loukoumades (sweet dumplings with honey and walnuts), to the world-famous baklava (layers of filo loaded with syrup and nuts) for the ultimate sugar rush.
For a true taste of the Med away from the pomp of Dubai’s fine-dining scene, Mythos is my pick of the month. INFO: Mythos, Armada Blue Bay Hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, 04 399 8166, firstname.lastname@example.org, mythoskouzina.com