Easy Listening In Abu Dhabi’s First Jazz Station-Tapas Restaurant
This summer, Abu Dhabi gained a new tapas restaurant, in addition to launching the Middle East’s first 24-hour international jazz station. The interesting thing? They’re housed in the same room.
The restaurant—p&c by Sergi Arola—occupies the ground floor of the ornate Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. It offers patatas bravas and paella, plus an open-air gin bar with views of the Khor Maqta waterfront. And gazing out over the entire dining room, from inside a neon-lit box, is JazzArabia, a classic and contemporary jazz station, which features an eclectic blend of Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Corea, and Sade, along with Arabic artists like Ahmed Abdul-Malik and Anouar Brahem.
The custom-built studio, visible from the dining room through a large window, offers a complete listening experience: guests can listen live while they eat, and when they go home, they can continue streaming the music via the JazzArabia app.
The service launched June 4, and has been receiving rave reviews, with one local blog calling it the “perfect” mood-setter.
Meanwhile, the restaurant itself, helmed by two-Michelin star Chef Sergi Arola, is as easy on the eyes as it is the ears: it’s built on a small man-made bluff over a canal, with water on three sides, and stands apart from the rest of the hotel. Inside, the interiors are richly textured, featuring a bar made entirely of pearly white shell.
When you show up for dinner, and have a particular song in mind, be sure to put in a request—the DJ is just a few tables away.