Category Archives: Belgian

‘t Kelderke – Brussels, Belgium

On our 2nd and last night, I decided to go to ‘t Kelderke for traditional Belgian cuisine.  Although ‘t Kelderke is right smacked in tourist central (it’s in Grand Place), the food is supposedly pretty good and authentic.

We were in Brussels during the Flower Carpet week, which happens once every 2 years.. so we’re pretty lucky to see it… and this is the rights outside the restaurant..

‘t Kelderke is located in the cellar and it’s quite stuffy.. I wish we had sat outside..

moules frites… The mussels weren’t as succulent and fewer than Bij Den Boer…but it was still tasty..

Anguilles au vert (eels in herb sauce)…This is a Belgian specialty..the eels were fat but tasted kind of bland…

stoemp avec carbonnades flammandes à la bière (mash potatoes with slow cooked beef)…  Stoemp is mashed potatoes mixed with bacon and vegetables and is a traditional Belgian fare.  The beef was very tender and I loved the sauce!

soupe du jour..

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‘t Kelderke

Grand-Place 15  1000 Brussels, Belgium
02 513 73 44

Fritland – Brussels, Belgium

I still haven’t tried the famed Belgian fries yet (not counting the fries from the moules frites I had for dinner) so after Dandoy, I went to Fritland for fries!

Belgian fries are special because it’s double-fried!

fries with mayo…. The fries are definitely crispier but hey.. fries are fries… not a big difference.  There were so many fries in the cone and after my failed attempt at finishing it, I had no more appetite for fries.. well…for about a month!

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Fritland

Rue Henri Maus 49  1000 Brussels, Belgium
02 514 06 27

Dandoy Tea Room – Brussels, Belgium

We only had a day and a half in Brussels so I had to make the most of my time (eating wise)!  For tea, I went to Dandoy to try their famous waffles!

Since it was just me who’s trying the waffles, I ate at the takeaway counter on the first floor (instead of the tearoom).

I ordered the waffle with ice cream and chocolate sauce!  This was a lot more expensive (5 Euros) than the waffles from street stands (1 Euro) but it’s sooo worth it!  This waffle is crispier and has a bit of icing.  I loved the contrasting temperatures of the warm waffle and cold ice cream!

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Dandoy Team Room

Rue au Beurre 31  1000 Brussels, Belgium
02 511 03 26

Bij Den Boer – Brussels, Belgium

One of the main reasons for visiting Brussels is moules-frites!!!! Instead of going to the touristy area for mussels, we went to Place St. Catherine, which used to be a seafood market but now has tons of seafood restaurants.

Originally, we wanted to try Noordzee Mer Du Nord and Le Pré Salé but those were closed during the days we were in Brussels.  Instead, we tried Bij Den Boer, another highly rated place for seafood.

We ordered beer and it came with a small plate of shrimps…

These tiny shrimps were soooo flavourful!

Mom and I both ordered moules frites (she had the moule frites in white wine while I had the marinière).  This was AMAZZZZZZING!!! Seriously! The moules were fresh tasting, fat and succulent. The pot seemed not to have a bottom because I kept eating and eating and there were still mussels! AND.. there weren’t a single closed mussel! The fries were thick and crispy!

My brother ordered the cod fried in butter

My dad ordered the 4 course menu @ 28 Euros.. which is quite a steal cause it has soup, 2 entrees and dessert.

fish soup… this was rather watery…

risotto with mussel...

fried dover sole

dessert….

Just come to Bij Den Boer for their mussels….. it’s the best ever!  I wish I ate here the 2nd night!

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Bij Den Boer

Quai aux Briques 60  1000 Brussels, Belgium
02 512 61 22

Le Funambule Waffles – Brussels, Belgium

From Amsterdam, we took a 3 hr train down to Brussels and after checking in, I was on my hunt for Belgian waffles!!!

Right next to the famed Manneken Pis (aka. the peeing statue) is Le Funambule Waffles.

There are many waffles stands on the streets of Brussels, but the most famous one is Le Funambule Waffles.

haha

Different types of waffles displayed.. they all look sooo good!

Most of the waffles in Belgium is of the Liège type..richer, denser and sweeter (with caramelized sugar on the outside) than the Brussels type…

We ordered:

waffle with hazelnut sauce…

waffle with white chocolate sauce…

waffle with whipped cream and chocolate sauce…

Delicious! The waffles were freshly made, crispy but a bit too sweet. It was really difficult to eat the waffle with just a tiny fork.. while standing in the streets under the hot summer weather….

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Le Funambule Waffles

Rue de l’étuve 42
1000 Bruxelles

Chambar – Vancouver

Just came back from Vancouver!!!I ate sooooooo much so it’ll probably take a while for me to finish blogging about the Vancouver trip (and the hk eating adventures will have to a take a back seat)..

Right before I left Vancouver, I surprised my brother with an early birthday dinner @ Chambar since I’m going to miss his bday in September.  I haven’t been to Chambar before but I heard great things about the place.

It’s a hip and trendy restaurant which serves authentic Belgian food!

For appetizers, we ordered:

CARPACCIO DE THON ET CONCOMBRE:  CHARRED GRILLED YELLOWFIN TUNA CARPACCIO, CUCUMBER & FINE HERB GAZPACHO, SMOKED HERRING CAVIAR, SUMAC CHILI SALT

i wrapped the tuna with the cucumber salad…. very delicious!!

LES TAPAS with sardines, deep-fried escargot and something else (which i forgot)

this was ok.. not amazing.. i think deep-frying the escargot made it dry and tasteless….

LES COQUILLES ST. JACQUES: SEARED SCALLOPS, SMOKED KUROBUTA PORK CHEEK, PICKLED GREEN BEANS & HORSERADISH VINAIGRETTE

tasty… but seriously, the portion is tiny.. so i couldn’t have enough to give a full comment..

and for mains:

FLÉTAN AUX PISTACHES: PISTACHIO CRUSTED ROASTED HALIBUT, SAUTÉED KALE,LEMON QUINOA. TOMATO, GINGER & TAMARIND BROTH

this fish was tasteless and the broth was too sour…

CANARD ET CHEVRE: ROASTED DUCK BREAST, GOAT CHEESE & TARRAGON GNOCCHI, SAUTÉED SCALLIONS, HAZELNUT GASTRIQUE

surprisingly, the duck was quite tender even though it was roasted!

CHEVREUIL AUX CERISES: VENISON SHORT LOIN, BLUEBERRY & VENISON SAUSAGE, PACCHERI PASTA, PROSCIUTTO , BASIL PESTO, FRESH CHERRY CONCASSE, CHAMPAGNE MUSTARD

the loin was very tender.. but the portion is so tiny!

CONGOLAISE: MUSSELS COOKED WITH A TOMATO COCONUT CREAM, SMOKED CHILI & LIME, FRESH CILANTRO

yummm! i think the mussels really lives up to its hype.. there’s plenty of mussels and the tomato broth was so rich with lots of fresh tomatos and onions! but there’s not a strong coconut taste…

and desserts:

Le café belge: Espresso cheesecake with belgian chocolate mousse,crème de cacao gelée & crisp chocolate wafers

this was sooooooooo rich!!!! yummmm!

Tartelette aux framboises: Raspberry almond frangipane tart, lemongrass coconut ice cream, caramel sauce & raspberry tuile

i loved the lemongrass coconut ice-cream! so unique!

I liked Chambar – the servers were friendly, the food was unique and tasty… but it’s quite expensive (~$30 for entrees) considering that it’s casual dining… and there’s no bread!!!

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Chambar

562 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC

Tel: (604) 879-7119