If you are a hopeless foodie, who simply wants great quality fare at a good price point, Le Petit Belge is your newest hang out. I personally never really gave Belgian food a chance. Little did I know that such a small nation is overflowing with diverse tastes, international influences (French, German, and even British) and a rich culinary culture. Le Petit Belge promises the best of Belgium. And boy did they deliver.
The minute we walked in, we knew this was a fun and unpretentious spot. We heard happy chatter and classic rock songs in the background. It’s a friendly and vibrant destination with friendly staff and good feels all around.
As we sat down we started the meal off with a unique beverage called the Fries, Cone and Mayo drink. It’s actually part “liquid gold” part whipped cream with a squeeze of lemon.
The liquid gold portion of the beverage was a zesty fruit juice. I half expected to actually taste french fries and mayonnaise, but it was sweet and refreshing. A definite palette cleanser and a different way to kick off the meal.
We sampled a bunch of sharing dishes, including a plate of Toast Canibal, a steak tartar made with raw minced Angus beef with pickles on a crispy baguette. We also tried the forest mushroom crostinis, topped with truffle and aged Passendaele cheese, which was the top dish of the evening for me as a mushroom lover. We enjoyed lobster and crab rolls, which were served on a soft brioche roll and tasted heavenly. Another stand out starter were the cheesy croquettes, which quite literally melt in your mouth.
For our main course we enjoyed a perfectly cooked and flaky cod fish on a bed of cabbage and new potatoes. The cabbage was a very unexpected thing for me to enjoy eating, but it was the perfect combination of crunchy and slightly sweet. We also tried the bangers and mash, Belgian style, which consisted of veal sausages, Brussels stoemp (pureed or mashed potatoes, other root vegetables) and onion gravy. It was delightful and not as heavy as it sounds.
Le Petit Belge served us authentic Belgian dishes interpreted with local ingredients.
The extensive menu, offers a daily lunch and dinner, with a special Friday and Saturday breakfast brunch.
Where: Pullman JLT, Cluster T
Timings: Sunday to Thursday from 12pm to 2am, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 2am
Price: Dh250 for two people
TWO OTHER BELGIAN RESTAURANTS TO TRY
Belgian Beer Cafe
With six locations across the UAE, this Belgian cafe is a hot-spot for those who want a casual night out. They offer delicious cuisine and. It’s got everything you need in a night out: a chilled environment, amazing food, an array of Belgian Hops. It ticks all the boxes.
Locations: Madinat Jumeirah, Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Radisson Blu Yas Island, Novotel Gate Bain Al Jessrain, InterContinental Abu Dhabi Al Khubeirah.
This high-end restaurant is located in the Ritz Carlton in DIFC. Everything you experience at Cafe Belge will be an elegant affair. Their decadent and show-stopping dishes captures the essence of what makes Belgian cuisine unique.
Location: Ritz Carlton DIFC.