FRESH FLAVOURS, SOULFUL SOUNDS AND SUPERB SERVICE – THIS IS EVERYTHING THAT YOU’LL FIND AT URBAN JAZZ KITCHEN AT THE PEARL-QATAR. FACT’S CRAIG FERRIMAN TAKES A TRIP TO THE PICTURESQUE LOCATION FOR A SPOT OF CASUAL DINING…
A few years ago The Pearl seemed like a great idea but that is all it was. Now, the man-made island hugging the Qatari capital is Doha’s answer to the Palm in Dubai – and it’s well and truly alive with things to do for all the family. Urban Jazz Kitchen is popular with the local and expat community as well as visitors to Doha. We saw youngsters meeting up with their friends, chilling out on comfy sofas, couples gathered to rendezvous and groups of friends grabbing a bite to eat. There is lots of choice on The Pearl but what makes Urban Jazz Kitchen stand out is its quirky venue which offers both indoor and al fresco seating. As the weather was still beautiful during our visit, we opted to take a seat outside, directly overlooking the stunning marina. This place lives up to the sign above the door with live jazz playing at all times and a live band playing some evenings and at weekends. It’s casual and relaxed to the max. Informal gatherings for eating damn good food is what Urban Jazz Kitchen is all about!
Talking of food – let’s begin the feel good mmmhs! Rich flavours and soul food are the order of the day as well as classic favourites too. Try the Louisiana Crab Cakes dipped in cajun tartar sauce. Absolute bliss! The same goes for the lightly spiced Cajun Onion Rings – beautifully crisp and tasty. When the nachos come out to the table, we’re all racing to get every bite possible – some of the best cheesy delights we’ve indulged in, in a very long time! Slightly browned and perfectly crunchy with a balance of cheese and plenty of guacamole – the textures are popping.
If you love Southern chicken you’ll be in heaven here. Order the Chicken Lollipops with sweet chilli sauce. Tender and yummy to say the least! On top of that, the mammoth California Avocado Bruschetta is a taste bud-satisfying appetiser with a special bruschetta mix of turkey bacon, apricot, pomegranate, halloumi and a base of homemade guacamole (veggie diners can request it without the bacon!); and the Cajun Coconut Shrimps make up a plate of golden-fried exquisitely seasoned shrimps that will be hard for any seafood lover to share – foodie paradise! The greatest item on the menu for us had to be The Davis Double and we’ll be taking all our friends back there for a bit of the delicious action. Double beef patties, lettuce, pickles, bacon and beef tomatoes topped with cheese sauce and served with Cajun fries and chipotle aioli.
It’s a BIG meal and not for the faint-hearted – which makes it excellent for sharing – though you might want every juicy bite for yourself! Desserts are great too. The Dark Chocolate Lava Cake with salted caramel is as good as in any five-star hotel. The chocolate melts in the middle having been heated at just the right temperature and continues to melt in the mouth upon eating. The caramel, which comes either salted or spiced, compliments the gooey goodness and beautiful bitterness just perfectly. Urban Jazz Kitchen is open all day and has a breakfast and all-day-dining menu to cater for every palate. The burgers are juicy and tasty and the milkshakes are particularly mouth-watering too. With that said, Urban Jazz Kitchen has recently revamped its menu to add more delicious items, so prepare those palates for more quality ingredients and flavours! Delivery is also available for those who can’t get enough of the amazing food! Whether for a laid-back weekend breakfast, fast but filling lunch in the day or a way to chill with friends at The Pearl in the evening, this is THE place to hang out with lip-licking food, impeccable service and all-round good vibes.
GO: Visit Urban Jazz Kitchen at La Croisette 10, The Pearl-Qatar. Call 4409 5269 for reservations and more information.