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Give in to the Muze, the newly opened live mu­sic room in souk al Ba­har

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don’t know a sin­gle soul who doesn’t ap­pre­ci­ate a good beat. And while quite a few UAE eater­ies of­fer a live mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence, es­tab­lish­ments that base their en­tire op­er­a­tion on snazzy en­ter­tain­ment are still pretty rare. En­ter Muze, the live mu­sic lounge, which opened at Souk al Ba­har last De­cem­ber; one step in and you know your evening is go­ing to be made.

My din­ner date and I walked in on a busy Fri­day night — re­cently made their Jazz Night due to pop­u­lar de­mand — to find the place rather packed ( reser­va­tions are a must here). That isn’t the only thing we no­ticed. Ev­ery­thing about Muze screams a love for mu­sic, from the taste­ful col­lage of mu­si­cians’ por­traits on the wall to the quotes on mu­sic than run un­der­neath them. The place is dimly lit, but pol­ished. Classy, with­out be­ing ex­u­ber­ant. And if that’s not enough, the lay­out is de­signed so ev­ery seat gets a de­cent glimpse of the stage, which has the words ‘ live mu­sic lounge’ stamped across it, and which glow in vin­tage light­bulb text. Very jazzy.

At 9.30pm sharp, Dubai- based jazz singer Rouba took the stage along with her band, and the place was trans­formed as she belted out her soul­ful notes. Don’t be sur­prised to find peo­ple stand­ing up to sing along or even dance. It’s all part of the Muze ex­pe­ri­ence.

That’s when we faced a bit of a co­nun­drum. The mu­sic was

went from Lau­ryn Hill to Tina Turner, and Rouba’s en­thu­si­asm is just in­fec­tious. Younger crowds don’t need to fret, ei­ther — there are more mod­ern beats thrown into the mix, as the night wears on. We got to lis­ten to jazz ren­di­tions of Bey­once’s Crazy in Love and Clean Ban­dit’s Rather Be as we pon­dered our mains.

With only two op­tions on the menu — the Grilled Salmon and the Aus­tralian An­gus Beef Ten­der­loin — we didn’t have to pon­der too long. While I loved the chunky mashed potato and grilled zuc­chini that came with my salmon, the fish it­self was more chewy than flaky. Not quite my cup of tea. My com­pan­ion had his steak well done, and while he ap­pre­ci­ated the charred, smoky flavour, the meat was a tad chewy there too. There was only one op­tion for dessert — a slice of Tres Leches cake — and, since we were feel­ing rather full at this point, we es­chewed it. In­stead, we de­cided to kick back and get into the groove.

Muze is still play­ing around with its sched­ule. For now, they have Blues night with De­javoodoo ev­ery Sun­day, Le­vant Night ev­ery Wed­nes­day, Cas­sette Night on Thurs­days and, of course, Jazz Night on Fri­day. They’ll be adding more events in the days to come, I’m told. But, for now, mu­sic con­nois­seurs in the UAE have a fine place to re­lax and soak in some tunes. It’s just plain good for the soul.

jan­ice@ khalee­j­times. com


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