So it turns out I’ve been living under a rock. Did you know that Central Perk café in Jumeirah no longer exists and in its place is a lovely new(ish) restaurant called Mozzo Centrale? Well, you and some other 8000 people! (Instagram fan following is a real thing, you know)
Looking for a place to have lunch the other day, I browsed through my Entertainer app and found this “neighbourhood eatery” in Umm Suqueim. On a mission to try new restaurants while not spending too much money, it looked like a good option – and it sure was!
My first thought walking in was what a great place it would be to come with my laptop and do some work. For a Saturday, it wasn’t too crowded, had a combination of couches for if you want to relax and read, or comfy table seating if you want to get cracking away on your laptop. They also have a gorgeous long communal dining table which the staff were setting up for a birthday party; left me thinking this is where I want to have my next birthday dinner!
Mozzo serves Mediterranean/ international cuisine during the day and in the evenings, their dinner menu is Italian only and is prepared by a chef from Sardinia.
A wood fired oven creates these satiating thin crust pizzas.
Mozzarella croccante (sticks) with a proper napolitana sauce.
Tried and loved. This Avocado feta tartine, with olive oil dressed fresh rucola and mint, feta cheese, olives, and crunchy celery on an open faced brioche. SO good!
The breakfast menu includes french toast and pancakes, stuffed croissants as well as some healthy stuff thrown into the mix. But the most exciting thing for me? Five different types of eggs benedict! *gasp* I’m mostly curious about the Bombay Benny which has garam masala shrimps and Indian spiced hollandaise. Oh my! Will have to try it next time.
They also have a whole range of salads, “hand-helds”, pastas and mains – whatever your mood calls for – even meat and cheese fondue! I know I’ll be going back for sure as I’d love to try the rest of the menu!
Mozzo, a few cafes in Dubai have tried and claimed to be “the” neighbourhood joint but you’re the first one that truly feels like it. Now if only I can still call you that without having to move houses!