Belgian Bier Cafe on Ebenezer Place in Adelaide’s CBD east end is a common meeting point for people, especially after work come a Friday afternoon (last working day til the weekend!). The beer cafe is always buzzing and during the months of summer, the best thing to do is order an ice cold beer with a side of their pommes frites with mayo!
A trio of us decided to dine in their restaurant wing for a casual dinner catch up away from the ‘noisier’ end of the venue. 😛
Belgium’s national dish is their mussels or moules, and what’s a visit here without ordering a pot of these?
Mussels/Les moules with pommes frites and mayo; $29.90
C opted for the staple Belgian dish and chose it Paddestoel style. All one kg of mussels were served in a traditional Belgian mussel pot, freshly cooked mussels steamed with white wine, field mushrooms, confit garlic, spring onion, cream, truffle oil and cracked pepper accompanied with a cone of pommes frites and house made mayo. So much yum in the deep dark pot. A heap of mussels – enough to feed two small people. The bivalve molluscs were incredibly filling, each one plump and juicy tossed in a light dressing which provided a lovely and light fresh aroma with bits of mushrooms, garlic and spring onion pieces.
The ravioli was of a pumpkin and sage filling with cream, beetroot, chevre (goats cheese), walnuts and baby spinach. It certainly sounded more appetising than it looked – that’s for sure! Not the most appetising plate, I think it was the puddle of pink cream… but aside from that, a decent dish but it proved to be quite rich and heavy once we got halfway through the plate.
A handful of years ago, I had a taste of the gnocchi entree at Belgian Bier Cafe Oostende and have been raving about it ever since. It took me this long to revisit the restaurant and I just had to order the gnocchi again. A plate of hand-made gnocchi provencale with kalamata olive, sweet peppers, basil pesto and grana parmesan. So simple yet executed so well! I’m glad it didn’t let me down four years down the track. PS. the entree size is more than enough as gnocchi can get quite filling. 😉
Beef cheek special
What a hearty plate! Two tender and flavourful beef cheeks in a pool of gravy sauce with mushrooms, potatoes and fresh radicchio leaves.
Dessert of the day
We ended up staying for a handful of hours over some beer and chit chat so we decided to get a dessert to share. Not the most eloquent dessert plating but looks aside, the dessert was pretty yum. A chocolate rich chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, raspberry coulis, fresh strawberries and cream.
So… you may or may not have picked up on the amount of food we ordered between us three! Unfortunately, we found a strand of hair in one of the dishes ordered so we had it sent back and ordered something else. These things happen and unfortunately it happened to us. The staff were extremely apologetic and dealt with it professionally and as a result, we did get both these dishes waived off our bill. The slight mishap aside, we did enjoy our experience at Belgian Bier Cafe and I’ll still be returning for my beer and chips fix!
Belgian Beer Café ‘Oostende’
27-29 Ebenezer Place
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8359 3400