The Stage at PizzaExpress Live

A lively Thursday night brunch

The Stage at PizzaExpress Live
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While PizzaExpress Live’s older sister on the other side of town provides those typically low-ceilinged London and or New York underground Jazz club feels in JLT, which gets particularly rowdy on a Thursday night (also at “The Stage” brunch), the Business Bay branch of the city’s famed live music restaurants is a notably more cavernous affair.

This Thursday night brunch is hosted by the same party-loving team who brought the city WeBrunch and Hidden Brunch, although you wouldn’t know it until the brunch package (well priced as you’d expect from PizzaExpress) ends at 11pm.

The evening consists of unlimited starters, like a mozzarella, sun-dried tomato and basil pesto-topped toast, deep-fried Camembert bites, and of course doughballs with garlic butter. Restraint is advised, since they really are unlimited, and we all know how regrettably moreish those munchable carbs can be.

So far, so very PizzaExpress. You’ll have your pick of main courses when the time comes, and you can leave that as long as you’d like, pretty much, in fact, you’ll still see starters being frantically whisked away from the kitchen right until the 11pm deadline. Your choice consists of yet more carbs (not a bad thing), in the form of four pasta dishes and four pizza dishes.

It’s not quite the variety you’d usually be used to seeing on the menu, but you know what you’re getting with PizzaExpress.

The Stage brunch isn’t about food though. It’s about a live music bash, and it’s full of pizza-loving partygoers.

Entertainment comes from Dubai-based musician Stephon LaMar, who performs throughout the evening, with tracks ranging from Gnarls Barkley to John Mayer and, thankfully, no wildly overplayed Ed Sheeran covers.

After he’s done strutting his stuff and getting people ready to dance, a fully equipped DJ brings the party. The only thing is that it’s hard to shake your tailfeather when your belly is unmistakably full of lovely, lovely carbs.

“There’s no dessert, just dancing” the brunch promises, and with a post-brunch package offering five drinks for Dhs150, it’s spot on.
Dhs150 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (house drinks), Dhs275 (sparkling grape). Thu 8pm-11pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Business Bay (052 798 7292).

A lively Thursday night brunch

Live music and pizza. What more could you want?

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