Belgian Beer Café
The deal: Having opened its doors back in February, things are still relatively new at this Madinat venue. It’s a little disappointing when the waitress points out that, for brunch, diners can only choose a small selection of dishes (and drinks) from the otherwise far more extensive normal menu. Yet don’t despair, as there’s still a decent variety on offer, from breakfast staples such as eggs Benedict to traditional Belgian highlights like ‘Ostend vispannetje’, a creamy gratinated seafood stew, mussels in white grape sauce and, naturally, Belgian waffles for dessert. Dishes are served quickly enough and are surprisingly small – but this is a good thing, as it lets you taste a greater variety (in fact, two of you could, with a healthy appetite, eat your way through everything on the menu).
Atmosphere and setting: The dark wood interior, Belgian signs and posters, large bar area and TV screens showing sports won’t let you pretend you‘re anywhere else but a pub. Alternatively, if the weather permits, opt to sit outside on the terrace overlooking Madinat’s romantic waterways. It was a little empty on our visit, and lacked a bit of buzz, but no doubt business will pick up as soonas more of Dubai’s residents learn of the Belgian Café’s brunch offering.
Make sure you try: The mussels were a genuine delight, as were the hops-based beverages for which Belgium is so famous.
What should you wear? No need to get fancy, as pretty much anything seems to go.
Why you’ll return? For the great Belgian drinks.
Dhs180 with soft drinks, Dhs269 with selected draught hops and house grape and spirits. Fridays 1pm-4pm. Madinat Jumeirah (04 447 0227).
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