Following a negative review of Izu Ani's recently opened GAIA restaurant at DIFC, the chef has banned Foodiva blogger Samantha Wood.
The article, written by guest reviewer Matt Broderick, but commissioned and published by Wood on her Foodiva website, describes an evening at GAIA which Wood describes in an Instagram comment as “Fawlty-esque” in reference to British sitcom Fawlty Towers about a shoddily run hotel.
Ani responded: “The people that matter, they love it. And the people that don’t matter, like her… I’ve banned her from setting foot anywhere near here.
It’s not the first clash between restaurateur and food blogger in Dubai recently, with Samer Hamedeh previously saying how a blogger had threatened his Akiba Dori restaurant with bad reviews unless they were allowed to dine with a number of their friends for free on a Friday night.
(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)