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Alaya, a brand-new dining concept at the heart of DIFC

by Out and About Mag.

Dubai's pioneering restaurateur, Evgeny Kuzin and acclaimed Chef Izu Ani have once again partnered to create Alaya. This unique new dining concept celebrates the vibrant cuisine of the Mediterranean, featuring Middle Eastern influences. 

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Evgeny Kuzin (L) & Chef Izu (R)

Alaya was born from Evgeny Kuzin & Chef Izu's extensive travels and encounters across the Middle East and their desire to pay tribute to the richness and beauty of the region. The latest addition to their ever-expanding portfolio demonstrates a drive to deliver excellence and push boundaries with a creative flair on every project.  

Beyond taking each guest on a sensory adventure, Chef Izu's menu aims to encapsulate the generosity and care the Middle East region is well known for. 

Each dish has been designed to create meaningful experiences with carefully selected ingredients and rigorous cooking methods used to combine traditions with a contemporary approach.

All the Alaya dishes call on the magic of fresh herbs and spices, prime meat and seafood; many different kinds of nuts, including pine, pistachio, almond and sesame; as well as freekeh, pulses, and plenty of squeezes of lemon, whose presence in Middle Eastern & Mediterranean cuisine is required as much as sunlight. Spices such as cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, cardamom or the lemony flavours of sumac also leave their distinctive signatures. 


Designed by Richard Saunders & Sagrada, Alaya's interiors also take an integrated approach that interweaves culture, history and high design - aimed at bringing the beauty and worldliness of the Eastern Mediterranean region onto the DIFC dining scene. 

Reinterpreting original details like marquetry and traditional tapestry, Alaya boasts rich colours, intricate patterns and textures for a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience.  

Alaya is now open for reservations. For more information, please visit www.alaya-dubai.com or call +971 (0)4 570 6289. Follow Alaya on Instagram.



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