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“A GEM - SEEK IT OUT” 4 of 5 stars
Review of ODA

ODA
Rr. Luigj Gurakuqi, Tirana, Albania
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Ranked #24 of 374 Restaurants in Tirana
Cuisines: Albanian
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A GEM - SEEK IT OUT”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Oda was created by the celebrated film director and artist Paskal Prifti some 8 years ago from scratch combining traditional Albanian features . The restaurant is easily missed on the main road during the day because it is down an unobtrusive alley , by night watch out for the neon sign. Oda is on the Rr Luigj Gurakuqi on the left hand side as you go up from the Opera towards the Ayni Rustemi Statue it's off the last block before the statue .

The atmosphere it is intimate and homely , which was the original idea behind Paskal's venture. There is one main room rather like a living room with artifacts and photographs of old Albania which never seem kitsch. You can sit in an outside area during the summer and there's another smaller room. This was my fourth or fifth visit and I found the food like my first , simple, traditional and excellently prepared . I am a Vegan but always find something delicious amongst the varied menu. There's food to suit all tastes I had two dishes which more than filled me up and the bill came to 1000 Lek which I thought was good value, but you can't really put a price on atmosphere !

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Milan, Italy
Top Contributor
158 reviews 158 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 107 cities Reviews in 107 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“A nice trip in Albanian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

I have been there with albanian friends and they ordered for me -and this could make the difference-. I experienced a very good lunch tasting different dishes (meat and vegetables). I can' t repeat the names, but some of them were delightful. Ambience is simple and seems to be an old corner in the growing (maybe too much) and chaotic Tirana. Don't expect sophisticated wines; they serve a simple and somewhat rough red, but it pairs honestly with their food. Price was lower than expected, even if compared with albanian standard.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Beersheba, Israel
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“nice place-good food-but expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

a bit triky to find the restaurant - its in a small alley just befor the old bazaar (coming from the center), no sign on main street and very small sign hiden in a hedge. the place is very nice, decorate in an ottoman stile with garlic & papper chains and old photos (to much "for tourist" in my opinion). the food is not fancy and diversed but very good, great bread, very good raki, the owner (and waiter that night) was very patient and explain everything on the manu, and 2 groups of albanian seemed very pleaced with their food.
what spoiled for us is the price - very expencive for that kind of restaurant, espacialy by tirana standard.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bucharest, Romania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“don't go (dirty, kitch, expensive)”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

- horrible bathroom
- some traditional decor + some wooden benches covered in "Louis Vuitton" (fake) material
- bad location (sidestreet in a not-that-safe area)
- expensive and not that good food (below average)

+ the only thing I liked was some hot cheese paste (done in oven i guess) and a traditional albanian cheese-pie that is listed as 1st or 2nd course (not dessert)

Visited March 2012
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Kefalonia Greece
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“A mediocre small restaurant.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012 via mobile

The good reviews have nothing to do with what we saw in person. limited choice, tried lamb chops: nothing special, pies: made a long time before and reheated in microwave, fergese-traditional dish:really medocre. raki:nothing special,bread very old.
Considering the turkish style and very dirty toilet,overall a disapointing experience. around 10E/person. look elsewhere.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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