Belgian Beer Café (Festival City)
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There isn’t much difference between the three (and counting) Belgian Beer Cafés in Dubai, but if we had to choose, we’re most affectionate about this, the city’s original ‘BBC’ in Festival City. The brand’s rapid expansion in the emirate is a microcosm of its worldwide progress; for a venue that prides itself on a homely feel it’s scary to think that since being founded in 1998, the chain has gone on to conquer 50 cities in 19 countries. More scarily, its international management actually makes it one of Dubai’s more authentic venues. The bar’s greatest seller is found in its name, but BBC also serves up surprisingly strong food. Traditional snacks like bitterballen go down a treat, and while we’ve had mixed experiences of the other speciality – the steaming mussels pot – mains are generally generous and well-prepared. Chuck in this branch’s pristine creekside terrace – and of course a tipple of Belgium hops – and you’ve got a winner.
Open daily 5pm-midnight. Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, Festival City, www.belgianbeercafe.com (04 701 1127).
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