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24Jan/050

Belgo Centraal – Belgian food at its finest

Belgo's has been a long time favourite of mine, ever since I first got to London in 2000 and had the good fortune to stumble upon this unassuming eatery one day in Covent Garden. At the time I wasn't expecting much, afterall, what are we talking about really? Wheat beer, muscles and fites, right? Not exactly! Over the many occasions I have frequented this fine establishment, I have sampled most of the dishes on the menu and can say without reservation, they are all excellent. Belgo's, and indeed Belgian food in general, is traditionally well known for it's moules (muscles), which are excellent, but for me it's another dish which has captivated my tastebuds time and again, that being the Carbonnades Flamandes. It's a kind of stew of braised beef in sweet gause beer with fruit flavours and a rich all-round meaty sauce. It's a brilliant combination of flavours that never fails to leave one fully gratified and with a slightly feverish afterglow. It is usually served with frites, but a site order of green beans compliments this meal nicely, as does the obligatory glass of Hoegaarden, Leffe, Duval of Chimay (the blue variety of which is brewed to a very inebriating 9% alcohol content). In short, fast and friendly service, well priced dishes and a fantastic experience, go there!

UPDATE 26/01/2005: Dear god, I am addicted! I went on Saturday with my parents and am going again tonight with Laura. I hope somebody develops a patch or some special gum for this terrible affliction.

http://www.belgo-restaurants.com/

Belgo - Centraal
50 Earlham Street | 29b Shelton Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2 9HP

Belgo - Noord
72 Chalk Farm Road
Chalk Farm
London
NW1 8AN

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