Mussels, Frites and Belgian beers are the order of the day at the Covent Garden branch of the Belgo chain. Situated in a basement, Belgo Centraal's ... More
Mussels, Frites and Belgian beers are the order of the day at the Covent Garden branch of the Belgo chain. Situated in a basement, Belgo Centraal's industrialist decor - with benches, metal and earthy colours - creates a unique atmosphere, particularly enjoyable in a group because it affords you space for a little boisterousness. Have we mentioned the mussels and frites yet? Seriously, if you're in the mood for hearty Belgian fare, whether it's sausages (try the wild boar) or Waterzooi (a light chicken and vegetable stew topped with cream), Belgo hits the spot. Be sure to wash it all down with beer from their huge, and often bizarrely-named (from Delirium Tremens to Paauwel Kwak), selection. There's a kid's menu, too (excluding beer, of course), and often-changing promotions (lobster and frites meal deals, for example).
I have been here twice in the last few months having not been for some years. This is a restaurant living on past reputation.
The mussels were terribly overcooked both times, which is odd given that it is meant to be the speciality, and definitely not worth �12 a hit. Also, the service was grumpy and erratic (drinks took ages, food arrived in moments). The only good thinh going for it is the beer cellar atmosphere.
Only if I hear that the food has got better will I be back again.
Belgo has such a great atmosphere that is very unique. It is inside an old wine cellar and you have to huge cage-like elevator down to the tables. The wait staff is dressed in monk uniform and they bring a plate of shots over (complimentary) as soon as you arrive that have the best flavors. They have at least 100 types of beers on the menu from mango to pineapple, etc. The menu is a range of foods. they have several different ways that they make mussels yet that's not the only thing they serve. Highly reccomend this wonderful restaurant. Make reservations.
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