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Belgian Beer Cafe, Madinat Jumeirah
Nominated for Best Barfood
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The Madinat outlet of this popular Belgian-themed bar has a large, sprawling terrace and attracts lots of satisfied punters. Yet look beyond the large selection of premium hops and the traditional pub vibe, and you’ll discover that the food here is also pretty decent. Order a pot of mussels and while you’re unlikely to fall off your stool in awe, you’re also unlikely to find too much to criticise. The same can be said for the other items on the eclectic, essentially high-end pub grub menu. The ingredients are up to scratch, dishes are prepared competently and with items like steak tartar and duck á l’orange sitting alongside more traditional pub dishes like burgers, it’s easy to see why this popular brand goes from strength to strength. And if you close your eyes, you could almost be in Belgium, or even France.
Open daily noon-2am (last food orders Sat-Wed 11.30pm, Thu-Fri 12.30am). Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0227).

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