A rguably one of the best things about Pizza Express is that you know what you're going to get. And what you're going to get is decent quality pizza, pastas and salads, served at speed.
Happily, this doesn't change when it comes to brunch. Service is slick and drinks (including sparkling grape) are forthcoming. The live jazz, meanwhile, ensures you've got a great Friday afternoon ahead.
Although it may seem a somewhat uninspired choice (especially when you're faced with myraid chocolate fountains and lobster tails in Dubai), sometimes you just want simple. And who doesn't love a doughball dipped in garlicky butter? Well, if you don't, this is not the brunch for you, but then you knew that already (see previous point).
But if you're all about cheesy, carby goodness then you'll love the jazz brunch.
First up is a sharing platter of mozzerella garlic bread, smoked salmon and beef carpaccio, followed by fresh and light salads of chicken caeser and bosco.
What comes next is a seemingly unending supply of pizza (including all the classics: American hot and pollo ad astra et al). A lasagne and slightly bland pesto pasta are next, and, if by some incredible chance you have any room for pudding, a platter of desserts arrives (stil, if you are too full you're not really missing much here).
Packed full of large groups, this is a good place to get the weekend party started and by 3.30pm the restaurant is full of dancing diners. It's family- and couple-friendly too, however, as the crowd is fun-loving, but not boisterous.
The vibe is upbeat, the music's loud and the pizza's hot. Good enough for us.
Dhs229 (house beverages). A la carte. Fri noon-4pm. Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
The Bottom Line
Buzzy and fun, with great jazz and decent pizza and salads.