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Tucked away in the Arabian Ranches suburb, this European-style brasserie is a favourite with expats, especially at the weekend, so be sure to book ahead. Open for every meal and even later, Maison Mathis has a plentiful menu and a buzzy atmosphere. The wood-fired pizzas are spot on. The bar shows live sports, and the whole place is entirely kid-friendly.
If you can time it right, get down and boogie at the retro disco on the last Friday of every month (7pm to 11pm).