Traditional no fuss meals in Dubai drinking spots.
When Jumeirah Beach Hotel abbreviated its resident bar, Dhow & Anchor, it also gave it a major upgrade. Now it’s still as busy as it ever was, but alongside the sports playing (fairly discreetly) on the bar-side screens and hearty roasts with all the trimmings, is a broader, quality menu to entice families wanting that little bit more from their well-priced weekend meal. (Jamie’s Italian, at the other end of the hotel, must now be keeping a nervous eye on it.) Outside is a great terrace with views of the Burj Al Arab, but inside it’s often very busy too, with punters of all ages tucking into excellent fish and chips, quality chicken goujons, crispy whitebait and the best Scotch egg we’ve found anywhere in Dubai. (Though, to be fair, it’s not a long list.) This is one of the most reliable places to stop for a relaxed, quality spot of pub grub.
Dubai residents love Belgian Café for its low-key and unpretentious vibe. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, thanks in part to the fantastic selection of international hops. Outside on the terrace is lovely during the winter, with views of the Burj Al Arab and Souk Madinat waterways. The menu seems never-ending and offers European dishes such as escargot in garlic and parsley butter, fried cheese croquettes, Belgian mussels and Flemish beef stew. Some dishes are better executed than others, with the mini meatballs in particular impressing and served as a portion big enough to share. A nice touch on the menu is the hops pairing with each dish, making the most of the bar’s extensive range of beverages. Whether you are on holiday, have family in town or just fancy a meal that tastes home-cooked, Belgian Café is a good all-rounder.