Date Spot Rule #426, Section B, Part 2, Amendment IV: Cheese plates are significantly more seductive when they’re engulfed in flames.
Introducing Taverna Opa, a wild Grecian restaurant with tabletop belly dancing and platters of fiery cheese, opening tomorrow in Mary Brickell Village.
What you’re looking at is the new crown jewel in the Taverna Opa empire. A Mykonos-inspired bungalow with cobblestone floors, massive Greek urns, a thick square bar and a bunch of flat-screens. Okay, so it’s not totally authentic.
Things begin innocently enough here. You’ll commandeer a table near the open kitchen and place a standing order for Mythos beers. Next, cue up some Hellenic delicacies like spanakopita, slow-cooked lamb and some fresh saganaki cheese... which is served on fire. Don’t panic. This is normal. And a sign of things to come.
Because at some point, between bites of burning cheese and plates of grilled squid, Middle Eastern techno music will begin to blare. Then, white dinner napkins will rain from the ceiling and a scantily clad belly dancer will climb atop your table to gyrate. Oh, and there’s a pretty good chance she’ll be asking you to join her up there.
So blow out your cheese first.