Monday, 1 June 2009

Belgian Beer Cafe

For a beer hall, it’s pretty good. Though you do pay a hefty premium for the booze that’s mainly not from the shores of Oz. As a restaurant, it could do with a visit from Scott McGregor, there is room for improvement. Steak, lamb shanks, pork belly, a selection of snags and schnitzel look okay from a distance. Flemish Stew was not a good idea, the shards of beef were tough, the gravy watery with a taste only remembered as bad. Chunky cut fries hear the rescue call, always a treat especially with the creamy, tang-less mayo. Mussel pots showy and great value, cooked in your choice of nine broths from Provencale (tomatoes, herbs, garlic), Blue Cheese (vegetables, blue cheese, lemon juice), Siam (red curry) and the very appropriate Hoegaarden. Not for those who don’t like to get their hands dirty. Speaking of dirty, that kebab might be the only thing you can afford after your bevy purchases. Probably a good thing.

1.5 / 5 yums!
Where? 135 Harrington Street, The Rocks, NSW
What? Mains $20

Left to Right: Beer, Steak, Lamb Shanks, Flemish Stew, Pork Belly, Sausages, Mussels, Chips, Schnitzel

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