TRIED & TESTED F&B
BB Social Dining
Tucked away in a dark corner of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), and concealed beneath a wall of foliage with no obvious signage, it’s almost like BB Social Dining doesn’t want to be found – a bit ironic, considering the name.
BB is the brainchild of some big names in the Dubai foodie scene. The founding team includes Shabnum Stumpf and Spero Panagakis (both formerly of Zuma), with chef Alex Stumpf (most recently of Peyote) helming the kitchen.
The restaurant sits in a space that used to house an art gallery, which immediately ups the cool factor. Spread across three levels, which are connected by a spiral staircase, it feels like a trendy little townhouse. There are plenty of cosey nooks and crannies where you can settle in for the night, or you can choose to dine on the licensed terrace, surrounded by greenery.
The menu is mostly Asian-inspired, and is split into Bs – bao, bites, bowls and BBQ. Every dish is designed for sharing, which is where the social theme comes in.
For the real deal, order the shabu-shabu (Dhs480). This Japanese hot pot dish is cooked at the table, with each diner using chopsticks to swish meat and vegetables in a bubbling broth. It’s a fun, relaxed way to dine, and works well with the BB ethos. It’s the priciest thing on the menu, but BB suggests sharing between four people.
Moving onto dessert, we thought we’d better stick with the ‘B’ theme and sample the brownie (Dhs45), which is served in a frying pan. We’ve rarely met a brownie we didn’t like, but BB’s was particularly good, studded with homemade marshmallows and fresh raspberries.
Great food, without a touch of snobbery. You’re made to feel equally welcome whether you’re popping in for a quick drink and a bao, or sitting down for a full-blown meal. Now that we know where BB lives, we’ll definitely be back.