Homegrown, fancy but cool and casual, and serving some of the best modern eastern cuisine in the emirate, BB DIFC is a must-visit. Join your friends at The Huntr as we show you why…
Conceptualized by Spero Panagakis and Alex Stumpf, BB Dubai gets its name from the word used to refer to a loved member of the community and is derived from the Arabic word ‘Habibi’, meaning love.
Located in the Emirate’s well-heeled Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), BB is fancy yet casual. Meaning she will impress you will her beautiful interiors, but she won’t intimidate you with any airs or graces.
The impeccably-designed space is divided into three floors, which are all connected by a charming spiral staircase – the lounge bar, kitchen, restaurant, garden, and terrace. Dining outside on the terrace is recommended when the weather permits and the whole space is flooded with natural sunlight during the daytime. The bar is fully licensed, and the menu features ‘modern eastern’ cuisine – with healthy light options, vegetarian-friendly dishes, and some vegan-friendly fare too. There are also ample cheat-day-worthy creations and meat, fish, and poultry options.
The Huntr started our weekend BB DIFC lunch with the Super Green Hummus (38AED) a light and tasty hummus crafted with edamame, mint, avocado, and spinach. The Truffle Egg (69AED) a panko-fried egg, served with wagyu beef freshly shaved truffles was especially delicious and we highly recommend you try it. The Chopped Kale Tabouleh (35AED) is BB’s take on the traditional Arabic salad and features chopped kale, parsley, cucumber, tomato, red onion, and feta cheese.
We then shared some of BB’s signature baos. The Habibti (68AED) encompasses soft shell crab, watercress, and a wasabi dressing (our favourite), the Crispy Duck (67AED) is a divine mix of crispy confit duck, shredded cucumber, and hoisin. We also couldn’t resist sampling the Wagyu Katsu (120AED) tenderloin schnitzel sandwich with toasted brioche and mustard tonkatsu sauce and it didn’t disappoint. Whilst the Chicken Pho (55AED) was flavourful and comforting if a little small on portion size. Last but not least, the Chilean Sea Bass (140AED) was perfectly moist and we loved the tasty jalapeno and pineapple relish.
Full but naturally able to squeeze in something sweet, we ordered two desserts to share. The Baonut (52AED) a clever bao doughnut creation dusted in sugar and served with Chantilly cream and strawberry jam and the Waffle Apple Pie (53AED) – black sesame ice cream, apple wonton, and salted caramel. Both dishes were worth every calorie.
Drinks-wise, the team at BB is ready to craft a special cocktail or mocktail to complement your meal. We tried and loved the Garden Tonic (62AED) and Mastiha Spritz (65AED) with our appetizers and mains, and enjoyed the Negroni Royal (78AED) and Masala Martini (62AED) to clean our palates before dessert.
BB is the ideal spot to visit for a business lunch to impress clients, a romantic date, celebrate a special occasion like a birthday, or just to treat yourself. It is also a family-friendly spot during the day and in the evening, if you want to skip dinner, can easily serve as a spot to drink cocktails and nibble on bao or share small bites with friends.
Insider tips: Open Sunday-Thursday from 12noon until 12midnight and Fridays and Saturdays from 12noon until 1am. Valet parking available at DIFC.
Note: This is the second time The Huntr has officially visited and reviewed BB DIFC, this feature has been completely updated (including imagery) to reflect our most recent visit during the winter of 2020.