After having a sugar hit at work, I headed down to Rundle Street to meet up with N and P for some Belgian tucker.
Two things come into mind when people think of Belgian Bier cafe: beer and mussels!!!
Stella Artois and Timmermans fruit de la foret; $6.70 and $13.00
Hentley Farm shiraz ’07 – Barossa Valley, $8.00
If you look close enough, you can see me! 😉
I’ve been here multiple times but only for their beers and bar food, so I was quite excited to finally try their famous mussels in a pot and see what all the hype was all about:
Atlantic salmon – pan seared Tasmanian Atlantic salmon with sauteed silver beet, French olive tapenade and tomato broth, $27.90
Not bad of a dish, the tomato broth was quite enjoyable but the tapenade was on the salty side.. but of course it would be, it’s made up of olives, anchovies, capers and olive oil… I guess I shouldn’t have tasted that on it’s own! Hhahaha, the fish was ok, I found it slightly overcooked though.
Carbonade A La Flamande – traditional flemish beef stew in butter puff pastry with baby carrots and wild mushrooms, $25.90
The pastry was flaky, buttery and delicious. Can’t recall much about the baby carrots or wild mushrooms but I do remember not liking the beef stew as it was too mushy and bland.
And finally… the pot of gold!!
Les Moules, $29.50
One kg of mussels served in a traditional Belgian mussel pot, accompanied with Pommes Frites and creamy mayonnaise.
I ordered the Provencale sauce where the mussels were steamed in a rich tomato sauce with roasted garlic, kalamata olives, capsicum and fresh basil. When the pot came out, boy was I excited or what! But when the lid was unveiled, I was notably disappointed by the size of the mussels…. they were SMALL!! Oh so small, most likely been overcooked as mussels shrink once they’ve been overcooked. Shame the mussels didn’t live up the hype and was rather overrated in my opinion… but the chips (oh the chips!), they never go wrong with those golden sticks of potato teamed up with creamy mayo!
Thanks for dinner girls! I had an awesomeeee time, what are we doing next?! =P
Food: 2/5 – I much prefer Belgian Bier Cafe for the beers and bar food.
Service: 2.5/5 – we asked for the bill and waited for about 15minutes… it seemed as if she forgot and had to reminded again before she came to us with the bill.
Value: 2/5 – quite expensive for okay food.
Belgian Bier Cafe Oostende
27-29 Ebenezer Place
Adelaide SA 5000
P: (08) 8359 3400