BB Social Dining is a licensed concept tucked inside the Gate Village of Dubai’s financial district. Derived from the Arabic word “habibi” which means love, BB Social Dining or bb for short is the brainchild of the three owners, chef patron (Alex Stumpf), operations (Spero Panagakis) and business development (Shab Stumpf) who happen to be the operators as well.
BB is far from being your average restaurant. For starters, the interior was designed by James Michael Lees from Studio Hopscotch in London and to make it stand out from the rest of the other Asian restaurants, he replaced the overused oriental design with a refined European interior.
It is also divided into three levels – the restaurant, kitchen and lounge bar, and the al fresco garden and terrace areas. All of these are interconnected by a sweeping spiral staircase that literally gave the restaurant its unique twist.
If you have been to the restaurant before, you would know that their signature dishes include the bao buns which are vegan and baked produce are made from scratch in the kitchen overnight by a designated baker.
The reason for my visit though is because they have created a series of new #BBSecretMenu dishes to showcase the specials and to celebrate the restaurant’s first anniversary in November.
Some of the #BBSecretmenu dishes that we tried include the Wagyu katsu, crispy tuna tartare, salt and pepper calamari and sea bream ceviche.
For the bao, they have introduced the lamb kofta priced at AED55. And for the BBQ section, the highlight of the dinner was the truffled rib-eye and the wasabi lobster. All of these were truly amazing and I cannot find a fault in any of the dishes.
The service is one of the best that I have ever experienced in Dubai. The staff were the most attentive and kept a beady eye on each of the guests and we didn’t have to follow up with anything at all.
Overall, the BB dining experience is definitely one of the most memorable ones and I found everything from the food to the service simply remarkable. It’s a very laid back place, it’s casual and friendly and highly recommended even for the most discerning and sophisticated palates.
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