There’s nothing we love more than somewhere cool, casual and a little bit quirky when comes to eating out. So when we visit BB Social Dining in DIFC, we are delighted with what we find.
Aptly positioned just off Happiness Street, BB Social Dining is set over several levels. It’s a clever use of the space, which is tall and narrow. The bottom level houses a handful of tables, while a spiral staircase leads to a bar, an open kitchen and, lastly, a roof terrace, which is cosy and contained by greenery. The décor is chic – all blacks and yellows, stripy awnings and chequered floors.
We love the sound of everything on the funky menu, and dive straight in. As the BB suggests, the lists focuses on baos, bowls, barbecue and bites. The social part is that all dishes are for sharing.
Intrigued, we start with the cauliflower popcorn. It’s crispy, tasty, truffly and a far cry from a stereotypical soggy floret. It’s a great start.
Equally excellent is the super-green hummus, at once vibrant, tangy and smooth – a perfectly proportioned mishmash of tahini, edamame and spinach.
A bowl of steaming pho arrives next, packed with veg and noodles and subtle flavours.
Our only niggle is the overly fatty harissa lamb, which doesn’t quite live up to the other dishes.
But don’t miss the brownie.
A sizzling skillet exudes a deliciously chocolatey aroma, while raspberries and marshmallows complete a line-up that’s as pretty as it is tasty.
For a charming, laid-back dining experience that’s not going to break the bank, BB Social Dining ticks all the boxes. It won Best Casual Newcomer at our Restaurant Awards 2018 because we love it. You will, too.
The bill (for two) 1x super green hummus Dhs27 1x califlower popcorn Dhs32 1x This is BB Bao Dhs45 1x vegetarian pho Dhs45 1x harissa lamb Dhs65 1x frying pan brownie Dhs45 1x large water Dhs25 Total (incl service) Dhs284
The bottom line Dishes that taste as good as they sound.
BB Social Dining