Belgian Beer Café
Location: Grand Millennium Hotel (TECOM/ Barsha Heights)
Pricing: AED 249 all inclusive
“Beer is the answer… but I can’t remember the question” – Anonymous
To begin you should be made aware that there are currently three Belgian Beer Cafes (BBC) in Dubai (the other two are in Madinat Jumeirah, and Crown Plaza Festival City). All three are franchised but do not share the same management. This brunch format is only available at this location, although I know the Madinat Jumeriah venue also offers a Friday brunch.
The story of this brunch is a spontaneous one. I had dropped off my friend for a meeting in TECOM and had an hour to kill until she finished. So I headed to the nearest watering hole to enjoy a few quality cold ones. I dislike drinking alone, so I sit at the bar hoping that the bartenders will keep me company. I order a leffe brun from the bar tender, who wisely informs me about the brunch on offer. Honestly I am surprised to hear that there is a brunch going on, as the bar is dead quite with only a handful of people quietly having a beer. I look over the menu and do some basic math in my head: I will likely drink 3 pints which will cost me AED 150, the beer will make me hungry so I will order some food which is at least another AED 70. Therefore, for a little extra I can drink and eat all I like for four hours. Easy decision. I quickly WhatsApp my drinking buddies and invite them to join me in this last minute adventure.
Although the bar has an impressive collection of over 20 beers, the brunch grants you access to only 6 (Stella, Stella Cider, Hogarden, Leffe Blonde, Leffe Brun, and Kriek). Wine and house spirits are also included.
For appetizers you are served a generous platter of: cheese croquettes, shrimp croquettes, chicken tenders, chicken wings, breaded shrimp, cold cuts, and smoked salmon. The croquettes are my favorites and make a really good companion for my beer.
For main you can order whatever your heart desires from: mussels, steak, salmon, schnitzel, voul-ou-vent, Flemish meatballs, vegetable lasagna, and a veggie burger. We order the mussels, steak (both sirloin and tenderloin), the schnitzel, the meat balls, and salmon. The tenderloin and schnitezel are the table favorites. Given that the mussels is a Belgian specialty, I am sad to say that they severely disappoint. Desserts consist of the universally popular Belgian waffle, ice cream, and fruits.
At AED 249, this brunch represents excellent returns on your dirhams. It is a good option for a boy’s day out, where all you want to do is drink beer, munch on bar food, and engage in silly banter.
Value for Money: 20/20.