Food and drink
The 'Belgian' in the title gives the game away. Food-wise, bowls of steaming mussels in various sauces are the much-loved speciality, along with more heartier (read: stodgier) affairs such as meatballs and sausages. The chips are quite excellent. On the drinks side of things, you've got a wide array of fruity Belgian Tappist and Abbey brews on offer, plus a decent wine list.
Not one to stray too far from the local favourites, I do love a nice bowl of mussels and a pint.
On Thursday and Friday evenings the bar can get quite rowdy and finding a table somewhat tricky if you arrive too far past 8pm. The popular outdoor terrace area can get packed quickly. It's all very relaxed and has become a popular post-work spot for expat types. Being attached to a hotel, tourists do flock too, but it's not somewhere to venture if you're after peace and quiet (well, in the evening anyway).
Despite being friendly (pretty much mirroring the service across all of Dubai) it can be a little slow to get served and for the bill to arrive, especially during the more rowdy weekend evenings.
Part of the Crowne Plaza in the Festival City complex, the Belgian Beer Cafe sits by the Dubai Creek, with the outdoor terrace looking out over the water.
The drinks aren't the cheapest in town. Expect to pay around 40 dirhams for a pint. For food, it's not particularly expensive, but not budget. Most dishes range from 50 dirhams to around 100 dirhams.
Tables to book
Sadly, unless you're coming with a large group, tables can't be booked in advance. If there's space and it's not too hot, I'd recommend sitting outside.
There's another branch in the Grand Millennium Hotel, near the Sheikh Zayed Road.
- Backpackers / Students
- People watching
- Chilling out