The Belgian Beef Cafe has been around for over a decade. It is located on the east end of Rundle Street, entry is via the side just off Rundle Street. It is a very pleasant place to have after work drinks, or to relax and enjoy some delicious food. You can choose to dine in the bar area, or inside the restaurant. There is also a little nice outdoor garden to have a few nibbles and drinks.
Everytime I am here at the Belgian, I always order the Belle-Vue Kriek which is a cherry beer on tap. A lot of people say it tastes like medicine. Well I don't think so. It has a sweet fruity taste of sour cherries and practically goes well with anything. The other beer that I like is the Timmermans Peche beer, another fruity beer made with peach juice. In fact there are a lot of choices of beer to choose from. You can ask the friendly staff members and they will be more than happy to explain to you.
There is another item that I would always order on the menu and that is the mussels. Yes they are famous for their mussels. One kilo of mussels, yes you heard me!! That is one kilo of mussels cooked in a broth of your choice in a traditional Belgian mussel pot. I think there is at least 45 to 50 mussels in a pot. Pommes frites or fries with house made mayonnaise are included with the mussels. The best thing is that it comes with a Stella beer - apparently the world's best Belgian beer. Now for $29.90 it's a bargain!!
Provençale is the traditional flavour in a rich tomato base sauce with garlic and olives, topped with fresh basil and capsicum.
I prefer Paddlestoel which has mushrooms, spring onion, garlic in a white creamy sauce. The way to eat the mussels is to keep the shell from the first mussel, then use the shell to pick out the rest of the dish. Now of course you can use a spoon to scoop up the tasty soup stock.
For those of you who are serious about beer and mussels. This is a must visit! I am very sure you won't be disappointed!!
Visit Belgian Beer Cafe Oostende - 29 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide, SA 5000 - (08) 8359 3400
Discount: ENTERTAINMENT CARD - 25% off the total bill, up to $45.