Paris Gallery, the leading luxury retailer in the region (and the company I am happy to be a part of), announced the launch of Moresque, a brand that pays tribute to the legacy of Arabic perfumery, art and culture. The brand’s name and identity take inspiration from the splendor of Moorish civilization and architecture. Moresque, is a brand that can express the creativity that is quintessential of a ‘Made in Italy’ Brand. Moresque perfumes are available exclusively at Paris Gallery stores in Al Ain Mall (Al Ain), Marina Mall (Abu Dhabi), Dubai Festival City, The Dubai Mall and City Centre Mirdif (Dubai).
Nestled in Jumeirah Lake Towers(JLT), Cluster A, by the Movenpick Hotel is Jazz@Pizza Express, an iconic live music venue and restaurant. The restaurant has been opened for a long while now. The question is, how have I not visited this place before?!
Now, I am no stranger to Pizza Express restaurants. There are about seven of them in the UAE, one of which is at the Ibn Battuta Mall, my neighborhood mall. I’ve always been a fan of their food, especially the salads. My all time favorite is the Bosco salad.
Okay, so…the venue offers guests live music six nights a week. On Sundays – it’s singer/songwriter open mic nights! After learning about it, I couldn’t miss it and so I dragged Leroy with me, much to his dismay. He’s not a big fan of live music, you see! Haha.
Anyway, upon arriving at the restaurant at 9pm, the music had already started and I was taken away by the great atmosphere. Being so passionate about music myself, it was great to be around other people that felt the same way.
As soon as we were seated, our waiter for the evening, Jaspreet brought over the menus and took our drink orders. (Yes, this branch of the popular pizza place serves alcoholic beverages! Yay!) I had a glass of Merlot and Leroy went with the Long Island Iced Tea. The first thing I noticed was that the menu was sorta different from the Ibn Battuta branch that I frequently visit. It had far more options! One of which was the Burrata Tricolore (AED72).
I have been a huge fan of Burrata ever since I first tried it in Europe. This is my second tasting of the creamy cheese in the UAE since then. Served with beef tomatoes, wild rocket, Parmesan cheese, it was deeeee-li-cious! As it turns out, it’s one of the more popular starters at the restaurant according to Jaspreet.
For the main course, I decided to try the Pollo Affucimato (AED 56) instead of going for the regular Bosco salad.
In the salad: Succulent smoked chicken, walnuts, cos lettuce, lollorosso, pomegranate seeds and mint dressed in olive oil and drizzled with chilli oil and lemon. If you’re not a fan of the spicy then you might want to skip the chilli oil. Honestly though, it was my favorite part of the salad! I love the combination of sweet pomegranate, crunchy dry walnuts and chilli!
Leroy had the Diovolo pizza (AED 64) and he didn’t share. Nope, not one bit. Hmph! But apparently, it was really good and spicy!
On the pizza: Hot spiced beef, pepperoni, red onions, Tabasco, hot green jalapeno or roquito peppers.
When it comes to the service, it was great! Even though the place was crazy packed, we never had to wait too long to be served. Oh and they were sooo friendly too! I loved seeing them cheer on those performing.
When we were done eating, we stuck around to hear all the singer/songwriters! There were some awesome ones. I really enjoyed these people: Raz, Physical Graffiti & Tim Hassall(I met this artist at a work event prior and he has some serious talent! If you don’t believe me – go check out his record at Virgin Megastores. It’s called Gallatin) You should head over on Sunday and if you’re lucky – these awesome artists that I just mentioned just might be performing again. Who knows! Oh and if you want to get up on stage..you can!! Just get there at 7:30 pm and register.
Jazz@Pizza Express always has a lot of things going on. I really want to try their latest Saturday Family Brunch (AED 99 unlimited food and soft drinks OR AED 169 unlimited food and unlimited house beverages. Children under eight years old eat free).
So yeah, if you are a big foodie and love music, you’ll definitely enjoy Jazz@Pizza Express. You know what? Even though Leroy was skeptical about the place – he ended up really enjoying some of the music which is great for me because I plan on dragging him down there this coming Sunday as well! 😛
Find out more about the restaurant and what they offer here: