Belgian Café (Festival City)

It wasn’t until the Belgian Beer Café (often affectionately shortened to BBCopened its doors that Dubai could finally offer a decent – sophisticated, even – draft selection Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011

The Belgian Beer Café (BBC) is something of a Dubai institution; a likeable place that has character by the bucket load. While the interior is ode to all things Belgian, the lively outdoor deck is a great place to gaze out over the Creek and socialise with friends. If you don’t manage to get a table outside, put your name on the waiting list the moment you arrive so you don’t miss the view. The food follows a Belgian theme with a concise and rustic menu, in addition to a daily specials board. Barflies can snack on lip-smackingly good buffalo wings and sole strips. Foodies won’t be disappointed either with favourites like fish n’ chips, Belgian-style meatballs, steak and sausages. But it’s the huge pot of steaming mussels drenched in delicious marinades such as blue cheese or white grape, garlic and cream, that really steal the show. Wash it all down with a pint from their very commendable draft selection. Although the service can be somewhat sloppy at times, the BBC still knocks the socks off local competition with its great value food, varied hop selection and unbeatable Creek atmosphere.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Location: Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, Festival City, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 701 1127
  • Travel: Al Rebat Street
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Brunch served

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Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 04 Jun ' 13 at 04:19
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Even on a weekday this place had most tables outside occupied. The weather was nice and the view of the creek, great. Drinks served. Ordered fried shrimps for starters followed by medium rare tenderloin steak while my wife had the Atlantic salmon. The shrimps could easily be shared by 2. Though we were sated by then we managed to savour berry waffles with cream and a ice cream which was a very nice finish to a great evening.
Service is good though I feel are overstretched.
Total amount Dhs 370.

Posted by: John D'Souza on 22 Mar ' 13 at 14:55
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Good restaurant, wonderfull typical Belgian kitchen with delicious pairing beers!

Posted by: Dale Barker on 27 Feb ' 13 at 06:32
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We had been there several times in the past and ordered the fried mussels, it was our 1st wedding anniversay so we wanted some more of those fried mussels, upon arriving we were told the non smoking section upstairs was closed so we had to sit in the smoking section which reeked of smoke odor. apparently the fried mussels are no longer served there so that was a big dissappointment as that was the only reason we went there. the tea was terrible we finally ended up having starter courses as are main menu choice since the fried mussels were not available. the waitress and service was superb however the cost of what we ordered was on the high side, needless to say we will not be visiting that establishment any longer.

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 29 Nov ' 12 at 09:37
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This place was almost full when I came here last night with a waiting time for getting a table outdoors. Great buzz and feel to the place. Great views of the business bay bridge and the serene waters from the verandah.
Hoegarden beer came served in a huge glass. The sweet taste at the corner of my mouth left me wondering if it was the beer or the mouthwash. Fried shrimps for starters which had about 10-12 pieces of good medium sized shrimps served with tartar sauce. Apart from the fact that it was batter fried it was rather good and filling. A pot of mussel in white wine and garlic was served thick cut fries and mayonnaise. It is a lot of mussels to eat at one go so I suggest it be shared and an extra dish ordered if needed. Also I felt that at Dhs 160 it was steep.
Overall a fine experience and with a great atmosphere with lots of waiters moving around busily but ask for something and it they'll promptly get it.

Posted by: Eben Thomas on 16 Feb ' 12 at 10:47
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This is the best Brunch served in Dubai. The best mussels. How can i miss this, the BEST BEER IN THE COUNTRY!! So many varieties. Trust me, the choices in beer and food will astonish you. Do not go for the regular beers. Try the belgian ones.

Posted by: Yumi on 22 Jul ' 10 at 06:24


Posted by: Sara on 24 Jun ' 10 at 09:02
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

By far the best brunch in town in terms of Food vs Price.
They have a fabulous Cheese bar, quite delicious selections, included in their brunch which already includes most items form their menu as well!!
The best Waffles also that's for sure!
They even let you order additional drinks during a brunch before you even finish the drink you have in front of you! Awesome!
I recommend this brunch quite strongly, i've done several times myself, & i will always go back!
Even on a regular day, Mussel Pots & Cherry Beer?? Yummy!!

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