Established in 2002, Belgian Beer Cafe in Ebenezer Place in Adelaide's CBD specialises in serving Belgian cuisine along with 40 varieties of beer to go with your meal. The place can get very busy so it is advisable to book a table if you are planning to dine there.
Our favourite dish of the night was their Carbonade a la Flamanade. The beef in the pie was noted for being marinated in beer before it was cooked, making it succulent and imparting a slightly bitter flavour to it. The pie was topped with a lid of puff pastry whose crisp texture contrasted well with the juicy filling. Among the vegetables accompanying the pie was parsnip, which had a bit of a peppery taste, and carrots, which had the slightly sweet flavour we expected. We also liked that the pepper sauce topping the vegetables had a good amount of peppery flavour, making it a good partner to the mashed potatoes.
Carbonade a la Flamanade (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their Crumbed Pork Cutlet was another tasty dish. The pork was cooked just right and the crumb coating was a good contrasting with the flesh. The braised cabbage and onions served alongside the pork complemented it nicely and the seeded mustard sauce tied everything together.
Crumbed Pork Cutlet (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We liked that the squid in their Charred Harissa Squid and Chorizo had a smoky flavour, which was enhanced by the chorizo. The salad included confit tomatoes that were very juicy and their slightly sweet flavour provided a balance to the smoky squid and chorizo. Garlic croutons added a crunchy element to the dish and you can squeeze the grilled lemon over the salad to add a bit of sharpness.
Charred Harissa Squid and Chorizo (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
My father loves hotdogs so of course, we had to order the Brat Dog. The bratwurst sausage was cooked to perfection and the combination of pickles, sauerkraut and wholegrain mustard mayonnaise added a delightful tangy taste. The brioche roll the sausage was served in was toasted just right to make eating the dish an enjoyable experience. Served with the hot dog were chips fried to golden brown and mayonnaise to dip the chips in.
Brat Dog (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While we would have liked the Vegan Lasagne to be served a bit hotter, the pasta layers were cooked to al dente and had good flavour from the roasted vegetables and vegan Bechamel & Provencale sauce. Aside from the same chips that accompanied the Brat Dog, the lasagne also came with a small serving of salad to provide some freshness.
Vegan Lasagne (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Mondays provide a good opportunity to try their Les Moules, a dish of a 1 kg pot of mussels in a broth, when the dish goes for half its usual price. The rustic wooden décor gave the restaurant a cosy feel and the place was bustling when we visited on a Thursday night. We enjoyed our dinner at half price by booking a table through Dimmi.