BOCA restaurant will celebrate its five-year anniversary on October 22 at 7.30pm with a quintessential 1950s dinner party that celebrates the legendary tale of Jean Leon. Flying in from the UK for one night only to perform live at this event are vintage-style performers Rita and the Rogues.
The story of Jean Leon is that of a 19-year-old from Santander, Spain who went to New York where he worked as a cab driver, a busboy, and a waiter at Frank Sinatra’s restaurant. There, he met the biggest stars from Paul Newman and Marilyn Monroe to Zsa Zsa Gabor and James Dean. With the latter, he opened La Scala in Beverly Hills. It became the top choice for the era’s biggest celebrities.
Leon was a confidante of Hollywood heavyweights of the time and had many personal encounters with them, the most delicate being the last night of Marilyn’s life when he personally delivered one of her favorites: fettuccine.
For BOCA’s fifth year anniversary, the restaurant has re-imagined a four-course menu from La Scala Restaurant. Dishes will include Frank’s foie salad with haricots beans and truffle vinaigrette, fettuccini Marilyn with clam and mussel velouté, and striploin tagliata a la Zsa Zsa with sun-dried heirloom tomato and Manchego cheese, all paired with recent vintages from Jean Leon’s estate in Penedès, Spain.
Packages start from AED 245 for a juice-guided meal.