Life & Style | Food

The top menu venues for July

The latest openings, reviews and meal deals for this month

  • By Louisa Wilkins, Features Editor, Aquarius magazine
  • Published: 14:52 June 25, 2012
  • Aquarius

Belgian Beer Cafe
  • Image Credit: Supplied picture
  • Belgian Beer Cafe have shunned the buffet and gone down the classier route of offering a brunch menu (with breakfast dishes, starters, main courses and desserts), which you can order from as many times as you want.

Belgian Beer Cafe (BBC)

What to expect: When I heard that my favourite evening haunt was launching a brunch, I kissed my Fridays goodbye. The BBC’s earthy atmosphere, pub-like decor and fab Belgian-inspired menu pulls in the punters every night of the week. And its new brunch proves to be no different.

We booked for two and on arrival, we asked if we could up it to four. We couldn’t – every table was booked – so we relocated to stools at a high table.

Food-wise, they have shunned the buffet and gone down the classier (and diet-dooming) route of offering a brunch menu (with breakfast dishes, starters, main courses and desserts), which you can order from as many times as you want. We started with tiger prawns and (my favourite) steak tartare – and then ordered them again. We then moved on to yummy chunky fish fingers, mussels and beef stew, before heading back to breakfast for a perfect eggs Benedict and (finally) finishing off with a chocolate mousse. By then we could barely move.

The atmosphere got livelier and livelier as the afternoon wore on and had we not had another engagement to go to, I am sure we would have stayed until it closed. A great brunch – especially for those days when flip-flops and jeans are a must.
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
Tel: 04-4470227
Details: Fridays from 1pm-4pm. Dh180 without drinks, Dh269 with drinks.
– Louisa Wilkins

Three of the best afternoon teas

Look out over Dubai from the top of the Burj Khalifa during sunset, with the Ramadan Late High Tea. Tuck into traditional Arabic foods fused into a glam High Tea experience – think Zataar quiche and Sumac-spiced turkey falafel. Dh250. Call 04-8883828.

Al Fanar
The revolving restaurant at the top of Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi offers afternoon tea every day from 3pm to 7pm with 360-degree views of the city. All the usual tea fare, including French pastries, scones and a selection of teas. Dh111, including hot drinks. Call 800-101101.

A lovely, classy Argentinian-inspired afternoon tea at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, with beautiful views of the sea. Yummy sandwiches, cakes, scones and macaroons and live guitar music. Wednesdays to Saturdays, 1pm or 3pm. Dh185, or Dh225 with a glass of bubbles. Call 04-4068999.

Iftar venues

Related Links

The Market Place
Delicious Arabian and Asian dishes and sweets are freshly prepared and served at the JW Marriott from sunset to 11.30pm. Dh150. Call 04-6077977/7009.

The Address Dubai Marina
Held in the huge Constellation Ballroom, The Address offers Iftar (Dh140), from sunset to 9pm, and then Suhour, with shisha and games. Call 04-4367777.

Al Bahou
Traditional fare at the Möevenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel’s Moroccan restaurant. Dh15O, Dh75 for ages seven to 12. 6.30pm to 8.30pm daily. Call 04-4445613.

From sunset to 9pm daily overlooking Raffles Dubai’s botanical gardens. Dh185. Call 04-3249888.


Brunch for two at BBC by emailing us at telling us your favourite dish from the menu.

The monthly wellbeing and family magazine


More from friday

More from Wheels

More from alpha

More from aquarius

  • Noura_Main
    Highly commended finalist: Noura Al Ramahi

    Along with our three fabulous finalists, the judges decided to include a Highly Commended category as the standard of entries to our competition was so high. This goes to Noura Al Ramahi for her stunning villa in Abu Dhabi. Well done Noura – it’s beautiful!

  • IO_141020_Home of the Year awar86
    In pictures: InsideOut Home of the Year Awards

    The InsideOut Home of the Year Awards 2014 party held at the Nawwara Bar at the JW Marriott Marquis on the 20th October went with a swing! Here’s our gallery of a really great night….

  • IO_141014_Casablanca_STF_Stefan07
    InsideOut Home Of The Year finalist: Dana Jaber

    Dana Jaber’s Al Barsha villa was considered by the judges to be bold, original and eclectic. We loved her individual approach to decorating which lends interest and unexpected touches to every room

  • Main_2
    InsideOut Home Of The Year finalist: Helena Brown

    Helena Brown’s home in Umm Suqeim was a favourite with the judges because of the many personal touches, and undeniable sense of comfort and style. Her interest in Feng Shui has helped achieve a calm relaxed ambience

  • claudia (4)
    And the InsideOut Home Of The Year winner is...

    Claudia Baliyan's apartment in Dubai Marina impressed the judges. Here's why

More from insideout