Slap on the sun cream and take a seat on the rooftop terrace for this generous al fresco brunch.
It’s a simple proposition during this Friday feast. A selection of the bar’s tasty appetisers are served to the table to share, with one main course and one dessert each to be ordered from the menu. It may sound a bit limited, but it really isn’t. The starters are plentiful and hearty, while the mains and desserts are rich and indulgent.
And, of course, this being the Belgian Café, there’s a package that features the bar’s most famous hops.
With everything being served to the table, this is also a laid-back brunch. Being outside adds to the relaxing vibe, with stunning views of the Madinat Jumeirah waterways and Burj Al Arab. The only aspect that jars slightly is the ’80s music soundtrack, which appears to get gradually louder as the afternoon progresses.
Of the starters, the cheese croquettes are gooey and indulgent, while the mini wagyu meatballs are a rich way to kick off the brunch. There are also the ubiquitous chips with mayonnaise, plus a decent selection of warm bread.
If you’re starting feel full after this stage, then you’re offered the chance to take a well-deserved break before delving into the main courses. You’ll find some familiar favourites here, including a pot of mussels, which is probably the lightest way to continue the brunch.
You can keep it in Bruges when dessert rolls around by ordering the Belgian waffles smothered in ice cream and chocolate.
The brunch is held in a small area on the top floor, so you never have to wait long for service. And the staff are excellent; quick with explanations and slick when it comes to delivering the courses.
For hearty food, hops and a seat with a view, the Belgian Café ticks all the boxes.
Dhs195 (soft beverages), Dhs299 (house beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.belgianbeercafejumeirah.com (04 447 022704 447 0227).
Most impressive dish
The rustic pot of mussels.