Cafe Blanc with kids

Reasonably priced and surprisingly serene Lebanese family restaurant


This reasonably priced and surprisingly serene Lebanese family restaurant, takes the stress out of lunches with the monsters. Squashy cushions and low lighting create a zen, spa-like ambience, while a water feature gurgles away soothingly. The staff are swift and generous with the home-made cookies – not to be sniffed at if you’re trying to keep little bums on seats. Café Blanc doesn’t have an extensive kids’ menu or the usual supply of crayons, but that doesn’t matter a jot. Staff are more than happy to serve smaller portions of adult dishes for the rugrats, and anyway, Lebanese cuisine is all about digging in with your fingers and sharing.

The fresh hoummous is a big hit, while the flame-grilled meat is lean and soft enough for toddlers to chew on. Yummy potato wedges – lightly brushed in olive oil and sprinkled in rock salt are a safe bet, while the hot, fluffy flatbread, fresh leafy salads and tabbouleh are particularly delicious. The dessert menu is limited, but after munching all that savoury grub, a jog around the mall, rather than pud, is usually the desired activity.
Average price of a meal for four, Dhs200-300. Open daily, 10am-midnight. Dubai Festival City (04 232 6677). Also at The Dubai Mall (04 434 0828); Marina Mall (04 434 2731)

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