Mussel mania and more at the Belgo Soho, London
Last week I was pleased to get an invite to the launch of Belgo’s new Soho restaurant. The Covent Garden branch was a regular of mine when I worked in the city so I was keen to see if the mussels in particular were as good as I remembered. Arriving at 7, I was lead through the main dining area and down to the basement. There was a big table set for the event piled high with all the accoutrements we would need for an evening of Belgian feasting. I was offered a choice of a coconut beer served in a coconut shell or champagne beer. Of course I went for the coconut, I love it! Aside from the area we were being hosted in, there are 4 large caves, big enough to hold a good size gathering of your friends for your own night of feasting.
After we had quenched our thirst and introduced ourselves to our fellow diners it was time to taste some food. Each course was matched with a beer (did you know Belgo have 52 Belgian beers available?). To begin with we were presented with that all time classic that Belgo are well-known for – mussels – or should I say ‘moules’. They were as good as I remembered. So soft and perfectly cooked, these jewels of the sea are a definite favourite of mine.
Not to be outdone, lobster came next. Dripping in garlic butter and looking tasty it was a winner around the table and came with frites and homemade coleslaw. I didn’t even realise they served lobster. That is why I love these events, sometimes you get stuck in ordering the same thing over and over because you love it. It is always good to check out what else is available and mix it up. Something else you might also be interested in is the rotisserie chicken, served with a choice of sauces or the secret rub, it makes a great alternative to seafood. The chicken was juicy and the portion size was great.
In between tasting these dishes we were also tasting matched beers. If you’re not sure which beer works best with each dish the staff are on hand to help you out. I always find these recommendations to be handy and it really does help to accentuate the flavours of each dish. The knowledge that was shared with us was both interesting and insightful. I loved hearing the stories on the origins of the beers and the different glasses they are served in. Check out my beer glass below, made so that the coachmen wouldn’t spill their beer whilst driving!
Onwards and upwards dear readers, my waistline knows no bounds in the search for gastronomic delights. Time for pudding! If you’re visiting Belgium you would be remiss in not trying a Belgian waffle so it was no surprise that this was to be our finale. Belgo does it a little different when ordering. You get to create your perfect combination – choosing from sauces and ice-cream flavours to suit your palate. We had cherries in a cherry coulis with strawberry ice-cream and clotted cream. It was delicious although I did share it with a few other diners, didn’t want to be greedy!
Now that I have rediscovered my love for Belgo I will certainly be back and with Soho being such a mecca for foodies these days it is in a great location too. Old Compton St has a great vibe and is always buzzing. Thank you for hosting us at your launch, I had a great night and met some great people too like fellow food blogger Anna Scanlon, cheers!
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