Restaurant Review: Okto, AlUla

Restaurant Review: Okto, AlUla

22 April 24
Okto, AlUla

Perched atop AlUla’s Harrat Viewpoint and led by esteemed chef Ntinos Fotinakis, Okto offers a dining experience that brings together contemporary Greek flavours with breathtaking vistas, all complemented by impeccable service.

Once you step into Okto, it’s clear that its setting is something else, a mix of Harrat’s black volcanic rock and AlUla’s sprawling desert landscape – and it is this unique geology that is the main inspiration for the restaurant’s interior.

Okto’s all-black theme provides a striking backdrop, and its viewing areas and “sky view” bonfire lounge are perfect spaces to unwind.

Bringing a celestial touch to your dining experience, the restaurant offers guests the chance to explore the night sky with an on-site astronomer. And with telescopes provided, guests can savour their meal while delving into the wonders of the cosmos.

Now, for the culinary experience, starting with drinks, of course. Okto offers a selection of expertly crafted signature mocktails.

My suggestion would be to start with the refreshing Greek Sunset, featuring muddled strawberries, zesty lemonade, sparkling water, and a hint of mint. For fans of pomegranate (like myself), the Pomegranate Spritzer is also ideal, blending pomegranate, tangy lime, sparkling water, and a touch of sweet pomegranate syrup. With drinks sorted, it’s on to the extensive menu, studded with all the Greek classics and featuring large plates suitable for sharing.

Starting with appetisers, the Okto Mezze Platter is a definite crowd-pleaser – an array of Greek spreads, including tzatziki and tirokafteri, served with fresh grilled bread. Both its must-try moussaka and spinach pie are hearty and warm, while the green bean and fig salad, seasoned with a zesty pomegranate dressing, adds freshness to the table.

For the main course, the grilled chicken souvlaki skewers are tender and flavourful, and the slow-cooked chimichurri lamb shank – accompanied by roasted parmesan and chive potatoes – falls off the bone. For seafood lovers, Okto’s jumbo prawns are fresh and infused with a delicate blend of herbs, chilli, and lemon.

Finally, what better way to polish off a satisfying meal than with an even more satisfying dessert?

The galaktoboureko – a popular Greek dessert – is a standout at Okto, with its creamy semolina custard wrapped in flaky filo pastry and topped with pistachios, vanilla ice cream, and a drizzle of herby syrup. If decadent chocolate is your thing, then there’s the Okto Mousse, elevated with touches of praline feuillantine and a chocolate biscuit.

With its stunning location, inviting atmosphere, and sumptuous dishes, Okto transports its guests from the white sand beaches of Greece to the black volcanic rock of Harrat Viewpoint.

A must-visit destination for anyone seeking a memorable dining experience in AlUla.
King Abdulaziz Park, AlUla 43562
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