BB Social Dining (or just “BB” between friends) has been on the radar of sophisticated in-the-know diners for quite some time now, however forget what you know of the intimate venues à la carte offering – their Friday brunch is where it’s at.
Hidden away in DIFC Gate 8, the townhouse style venue is set over four floors and derives its “BB” name from the basis of its cuisine: bao, bites, bowls and BBQ. Brunch takes place on the ground floor and in and amongst the minimalistic yet comforting interiors you’ll find cascading botanicals and a Negroni fountain. Sounding decadent already? Wait until you hear about the food. The menu is specially curated by chef and co-owner Alex Stump and is bountiful in both quantity and flavour.
The set starters come to your table thick and fast and smelling amazing. Expect delicately seasoned beef tartare and boldly flavoured truffle mayo – the accompaniment to cauliflower popcorn, and if you think the cheesy stuffed pretzel is worth breaking your diet for then wait for the carb coma inducing (and completely heavenly) bao buns. Your main course is down to you to pick, and the selection ranges from sticky chicken legs to “build your own bao”. We suggest getting one of each and sharing – you’ll want to try both.
BB Social Dining Brunch Lamb Kofta Bao
After what felt like a lifetime of lavish feasting we whole heartedly agreed we would a) need to be carried out in a stretcher and b) could not eat another morel… Until we saw the deserts. The guilt of the chocolate mousse, blueberry muffins, apple pot stickers and ice-cream is easily remedied by indulging in the fresh fruit platter that accompanies it. Continue on your “health kick” with the Garden Tonic – it’s refreshingly light and thyme, rosemary and an abundance of citrus fruits surely count towards your 5-a-day – right?
The name was derived by not just the cuisine served here but also by the Arabic word “habibi” which means love – and trust us when we say that’s exactly the reaction you’ll have to the atmosphere and food.