Jazz&Fizz - Sofitel Corncihe Abu Dhabi
Tonight I want to get both the jazz and the fizz. Having walked in and picked up the house jazz beats, It is time for the fizz. I look at the drinks menu and I am thrilled to see 16 by-the-glass wine options. As I visit lounges mostly by myself, I appreciate it when an outlet has so many by-the-glass options. In addition, there are also three sparkling options - Laurent Perrier Brut, NV Laurent Perrier Brut Rosé and a NV Prosecco le Colline.
However, I am looking for something that says 'Sofitel' - Something with a bit of soul. I can drink Laurent Perrier at half a dozen hotels in the city. I need something quintessential Sofitel. I am enthralled when the sommelier recommends Pol Roger Brut Reserve as my Champagne for the night. I am sold. He pairs it with Herbed prawn tempura, which consists of Tempura prawn, tahini cumin sauce, wild rocket & coriander salad.
|My drink for the night, The Pol Roger Brut reserve|
The music picks up. The crowd gets bigger. Not an empty seat in the house. It is a classy and elegant crowd, a nice mix I must say, and in many ways a microcosm of Abu Dhabi. I love it. My Champagne is poured. Fine bubbles, consistent too. I have a sip. Oh, nice depth, not very moussey. Nice and clean. I try the shrimp, a dish that in its own right is perfect bar food. One does get tired of wagyu sliders or fries in any form. But then this is no ordinary bar or pub - this is The Sofitel! The pairing works, with the herbs especially striking the right note with Pol Roger.
Before I realize, time has passed, and dinner is calling out to me. Jazz&Fizz shows me what an indictment it is when people stereotype hotels because they cater for a business market. This little nook is vibrant, cosmopolitan and elegant. And matched with a sommelier who has had the pleasure of sampling some fine vintage Champagnes over the years, including a Veuve Cliquot 1925, Jazz&Fizz caters for discerning guests who know how to relax and unwind. That is anything but dull!
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Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
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