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Monday, December 15, 2008

Belga Queen, Brussels

I got treated recently to lunch in the Belga Queen as I was departing Brussels to return to Ireland. It's located in an old bank building on the Rue Fossé aux Loups, and is a visually stunning restaurant. Tall ceilings, plaster motifs featuring the arms of the various Belgian provinces, stained glass and a genuine safe downstairs.

The menu offers a business lunch at a reasonable €17, but we opted for a la carte dining. For starters I had trio de canard which featured a fried foie gras liver, foie gras pate and smoked foie gras pate. There was a wide selection of main courses and I was initially thinking about going for cod on a bed of crushed potates, but when I saw cuckoo on the menu, there was no further debate. The plate featured both leg and breast of cuckoo served with delicious gravy, asparagus and green beans along with homemade crisps and a piece of gingerbread.

I couldn't find any fault at all with my food. It was well-executed and served beautifully. However, I found the service to be tardy and unwilling to exert themselves. We requested a missing order of fries at least 3 times, but it still hadn't appeared by the time we finished our main courses. Two orders of steak americane arrived well after the other main courses, despite the fact that no cooking was required.

The Belga Queen offers great gourmet food in a beautiful, luxurious setting, but the awful service would make me reluctant to return for food in the future. Cocktails perhaps though.

Belga Queen Brussels
Rue Fossé aux Loups 32

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