A bona fide family-friendly Dubai institution, Reform Social & Grill is that rare thing – a community pub.

Set in The Lakes, Reform is perfect for a weekend meal with a few drinks – mum and dad can chill out in the garden and let the little ones go wild in the small playground, as well as the makeshift football pitch that goes along with it.

During the week this place also gets rammed with people popping in for a pint and bite to eat on the way home after work. And those bites are very good, by the way, hence the award.

Pâtés, steak tartare and salads pepper the starters – and the pear and Stilton tart is a corker, too. Meanwhile there are four packed sharing platters to choose from, top grills good salads. A special shout out to the burgers as well. Juicy and fat. Just as they should be.

Weekends also mean special roast dinners, see right, with options including chicken and beef – as you’d expect. There’s also a properly authentic bangers and mash on the menu, too, and that will keep you coming back for more, as all the dishes here do.

There are good brekkies at this place, too. This is a real top choice for grub that we wholeheartedly recommend.

Bar & pub food 04 447 0227 Jumeirah

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.

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