California Pizza Kitchen Dubai Mall
Time Out Says
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011While so many of Dubai’s pizzerias seem intent on creating the best pastiche of the Italian dining experience they can muster, it’s refreshing to find a venue that has taken the pizza genre, ditched the stereotypes and made the dish its own. Founded in 1985 in America's ‘Golden State’, California Pizza Kitchen offers flavours from across the world, served on a pizza base. The Dubai Mall branch follows the same blueprint as CPK outlets world wide: leather-clad booths, light wood furnishings and pizza-box art on the walls, although, like nearly all mall eateries, the décor feels a bit clinical.
It's worth taking a seat outside to enjoy the prime view of the Dubai Fountain. Pizza traditionalists will be appalled by the menu, which replaces typical Italian toppings with everything from Jamaican jerk chicken and Greek salad to Thai stir-fry and ‘cheeseburger’ options. Yet if you can adjust your perceptions to accept the idea of lettuce on a pizza, these Americanised offerings are actually pretty tasty. Granted, they probably provide your weekly calorie intake in one fell swoop, but for comfort food on the cheap, CPK is the perfect guilty pleasure.
By Time Out Dubai staff | 23 Mar 2011
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