Le Petit Belge stands for all of the small things that make Belgium great. And save from boarding Emirates flight EK183, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better place in the UAE to experience them than at Le Petit Belge. Tucked away inside the Pullman Hotel in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lake Towers, Le Petit Belge offer one of the largest selections of specialist beers we have ever seen. Decor-wise, there are some very cool elements here: We loved the neon signs, the exposed industrial ceiling with pretty pendant lighting and the gorgeous, expansive bar. Diners have the option of eating inside or enjoying the restaurant’s terrace during the cooler months, and there’s a wide range of seating options for big groups and smaller tables for romantic dates or BFFs catching up.
The Huntr visited for a weeknight dinner, to start we opted for the oysters (15AED each), which did not disappoint and were easily some of the best we’ve sampled in the city. Shucked fresh to order, these little delicacies come served with rye bread and red wine and shallot vinegar. Next, we tried the ‘Toast Cannibal’ (crispy baguette, raw minced Angus beef, pickles) (48AED) and we definitely recommend you do the same – especially if you are a fan of the iconic Ruben sandwich, as the flavours are almost exactly the same. It’s so good and perfect with one of Le Petit Belge’s many specialist beers (ask your server for the best brew to pair them with). The Forest Mushroom Crostini’s (45AED) with truffle, aged Passendale cheese came next and these were amongst our favourites. If you love mushroom and you love truffle, you will love love love this appetizer. The Lobster Rolls (85AED) were nice but we probably wouldn’t order them again when we return – we would have appreciated just slightly more mayo as they were borderline dry. Nonetheless, they were perfectly fine, we’ve just had better. A dish that truly did blow us away, however, was the main event – the iconic Belgian mussels. We opted for the Roquefort and cognac concoction (150AED) and would wholeheartedly recommend you do the same. The sharp and creamy blue cheese offered the most divine pairing with the juicy, fresh mussels. Mark our words: These are some of the best mussels in Dubai. The Pan-Fried Fois Gras (94AED) was another highlight and comes served with caramelized apple, speculoos crumble, and syrup de Liege. You also must try the Belgian fries with mayonnaise.
Speaking of which, drinks-wise we sampled a super fun cocktail (done in a mocktail version) that came served in a French fries cone and “mayo” and “salt”. This is definitely a must-try, especially for those on the lookout for something “snappable“. We also sampled a couple of specialist beers, including ‘Delirium Red’ (80AED), which was delicious and a Le Petit Belge exclusive.
To end a fantastic meal on a sweet note we shared three desserts. The Pint of Apple Crumble “New Style” (35AED), Moelleux Aux Chocolat (39AED) and a delicious Lotus-topped Belgian Chocolate Mousse (35AED). The latter of which was our favourite.
All and all Le Petit Belge is a cracking little spot that you need to add to your hitlist, stat. Relatively new, it’s not the busiest place in the world – but the food is delicious, the service is fantastic, and well, if you are a beer fan – say hello to your new favourite bar. We adore this little Belgian eatery and can’t wait to return soon…
Insider tip: Le Petit Belge host an amazing ‘Ladies Night’ deal every Wednesday. It’s actually technically a ‘Ladies Day’, as women get 30% off of food and an open bar on selected beverages – from 12noon until 2am. There’s a daily happy hour from 4-8pm, which features wine, spirits and beer for 20AED a glass.