Inspired by the ‘golden era’ of 1920s Brussels, Café Belge arrived at the turn of the year among a flurry of new Belgium-themed venues – but comfortably blew the competition out of the water. The room is decked out in classy Art Nouveau furnishings that look good enough for a retro postcard. The bar is stocked with an impressive list of imported Belgian hops, both bottled and draft, while the food is sublime, with daring combinations of classic dishes (foie gras on a caramel waffle anyone? Trust us, it works). Meanwhile the staff are smart, European and friendly, while the music policy – eclectic funk, hip-hop and jazz infused lounge beats of the most credible kind – is a breath of fresh air (nowhere else have we heard Fela Kuti while dining in Dubai). Also hosting a popular new a la carte brunch, Café Belge is one classy contender. We like. Lots.