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The minimalist interiors of Balkan bistro 21 Grams in Dubai re-open with a new menu

The minimalist interiors of Balkan bistro 21 Grams in Dubai re-open with a new menu

The homegrown restaurant celebrates Scandinavian design

Dubai's 21 Grams is well-known for its breakfast offerings
Dubai's 21 Grams is well-known for its breakfast offerings

Dubai’s only Balkan bistro, 21 Grams, will reopen on Monday July 20th, promising a completely revamped menu.

The popular Jumeirah Beach Road restaurant has been closed for two-and-a-half months.

Owner Stasha Toncev says the award-winning eatery will now focus on breakfast and lunch, with opening hours daily from 8am-5pm.

Stasha led the design for the small dining space, taking inspiration from Balkan culture and named after the supposed weight of a human soul.

Elements of Scandinavian design are also featured in the homegrown concept that's big on minimal interiors and warm tones.

The space encapsulates the rural, warm houses found in the Balkans as well as the minimal and simple lines and artefacts mostly associated with Scandinavian design.

Furnished with simple oak wood chairs and tables, other materials such as quartz and concrete give the space its contemporary and raw feel.

The warm colour palette of terracotta, pastel pink and darker shades of blue and grey create a contrast of warm and cool shades that accentuates the duality of Balkan and Scandinavian design languages.

Speaking to CID at the time of the restaurant's opening, Toncev said: “The inspiration [behind the design] was a clash of cultures, memories and influences."

The type of food served in the bistro is reflected in the design, she explained.

Its new menu is split four main categories featuring plates that celebrate traditional home-cooking as well as more “daring, modern” Balkan cooking, all using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients wherever possible.

However, we're pleased to hear the popular breakfasts remain.

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