Bold statement incoming: With live jazz, otherworldly Italian cuisine and service fit for royalty, Marea is the only place to be on a Wednesday evening. The new “Jazz After Dark” will have you strolling through the streets of DIFC, Dubai into a low lit speakeasy that wouldn’t be out of place in the bustling heart of New York.
The interiors are an aesthetically delightful mix of clean marble and decadent furnishings, all tied together by a sweeping statement bar. The space is, technically, vast, however the hustling atmosphere ensures there is a constant hum of intimacy and anticipation in the air.
The menu is as large as the two floored venue, but don’t be overwhelmed. Anything you order from the range of authentic tasting Italian cuisine is sure not to disappoint. We recommend the Octopus, which is so soft and tender you’ll barely need to chew. The truffle pasta is, frankly, a gift from the culinary powers that be, but it is the dessert selection that will turn the heads of even the most savoury of diners. Order the tiramisu and ensure to inform your fellow diners that you will not be sharing.
If the service, cocktail trolley (make your own Old Fashion, anyone?) and food is not tempting enough, the rich, dulcet tones of Claudia Patrice that will accompany your experience most certainly should be. With a voice as dazzling as her impossible glamourous stage outfit, Claudia is reason enough to attend on her songbird-own.
If you haven’t eaten and drank your way in to an (acceptably) becalming food coma, head downstairs to crescendo your evening in true Studio 54 style. Aperol Spritz, bouji music and dancing your way into the weekend? It’s a big, fat, New York yes from us.
Jazz After Dark at Marea, takes place every Wednesday from 9pm.
Marea is located at Gate Village 7, DIFC. Click here to visit Marea's website.