DRVN - new pizza and coffee place next to the Mercedes garage near Zayed Sports City. (It’s on google maps)
Always on the hunt for great coffee and heard this place was opening close to work and that they were roasting their own coffee. We popped over for lunch and were really impressed (note these are real pics, taken by my colleague... a far more talented photographer).
The environment is quite unique for AD. The walls are concrete and the tables are set out between vintage Mercedes cars on display in glass cases. It’s more New York than Middle East.
The coffee is roasted on site (they showed us the roaster which was custom made and imported) and I tried an Ethiopian bean (no picture). It was honestly the smoothest coffee I have had in a long time.
Pizza wise, again they have a custom made oven and we learnt that not all pizza ovens are the same. This one makes authentic pizzas from Naples. You can see them making the pizza from the restaurant. The pizzas were simply delicious - light and cooked perfectly. I think the pictures say it all. The slightly less authentic Nutella pizza was a nice sweet treat at the end of the meal 😉.
I am not actually a huge pizza fan, I went for the coffee, but I’ve already promised to take my husband. They aren’t delivering yet but will do once up and running properly.