I have friends with good taste and good blogs to thank for a lot of our adventures in Brussels. Everyone recommended Delirium Tremens, the bar and the beer. It is delicious, definitely my new favorite Belgian beer. The bar? Well, we did have an awfully fun night there, but I won’t get into that here. 😉 Aside from that, I had some Duvel, Le Chouffe and Chimay and accidentally ordered 5 samplers of beer at a bar when I meant to order a sampler of 5 beers. Oops. Luckily, there were other drinkers willing to relieve us of the extra samplers.
We stopped by the Cantillion Brewery on a recommendation from a friend, to learn how the old school traditional lambec beers are made. It was interesting to see the old style beer making equipment (compared to the stainless steel modern breweries we often visit) and to see how it is aged in casks and then aged again in bottles. The beer was definitely different than any I’d had before, and a bit sour. The tour was interesting though (plus you get to try two beers!), and close to Midi station.
The chocolate was amazing. Wandering from shop to shop and picking out different truffles with both delicious sounding and exotic flavors was a blast. Luckily the semi high prices limited me from going too crazy, but especially in the Grand place, the chocolate shops are everywhere!
Waffles seemed to be hit or miss. The stands we stopped at were definitely more touristy than for locals, but who can resist a waffle topped in Belgian chocolate and strawberries?? Not this girl.
Frites. We tried to go on a quest to find the best ones in Brussels, but lists on the internet were inconclusive. We attempted several in the Grand Place and Maison Antoine, which were in my undiscerning opinion all similar and good. Lucas is more picky about his potatoes and found the last frites stand we visited to be the best one. And I have to say I’m a convert, frites with mayo was the way to go. (Although I’m not a ketchup eater, never have been, so there you go).
We wanted to try a nice traditional Belgian dinner so we wandered to Sainte-Catherine’s, a less touristy square filled with restaurants and bars and chose one somewhat at random. If you’re looking to get out of the Grand Place/restaurant row (an alleyway filled with restaurants and restauranteurs harassing you to take one of their tables), and still be around good restaurants, this seems like a good place to go. I ate delicious Carbonnade a la flamande, basically beef cooked in beer, similar to a stew. It was amazing. Unfortunately, stew like foods don’t photograph well so it wasn’t worth posting the photo here. But definitely…make a point to try it. Lucas tried a veal stew which was creamier but equally delicious.
So we definitely ate well in Belgium. Tried any of these foods/drinks? Which are your favorites? (Side note: if you’ve been to Belgium, where DO you get the best frites?)