Currently with five restaurants scattered across London, this was surprisingly my first time visiting Belgo, which specializes in Belgian food and beer. The Holborn branch has recently re-opened its doors after a refurbishment, and although I am not aware of how it looked before, it certainly looks pretty impressive inside – the interior is rather spacious, with an industrial style decor of exposed brick walls and metal fittings.
Previously a former Lloyds Bank building, it still echoes some of the banks facilities, with the basement safe now the Belgo beer cellar. The new layout has maintained the Belgo signature open plan kitchen, rotisserie chicken displays and the iconic ‘Delirium – Pink Elephant’ beer tap. Belgo’s concept has focused on keeping things simple with their mix of their famous moules, frites and bieres – Belgo Holborn is the first branch to feature the new logo, which has been updated to give equal billing to the range of succulent rotisserie chicken, grills and tempting cocktails, which I’m sure is positively great news for all!
Upon arrival, I was greeted with a sweet and refreshing Fruli Mojito before being whisked over to my table where more beer awaited me (!)
Belgo is well-known for serving 52 handpicked, craft, bottled beers – many are exclusive in the UK to Belgo and are shipped directly from Belgian monasteries where the beer is produced using traditional methods dating back thousands of years.
I don’t often drink beer, but I did taste the Mongozo Gluten-free Buckwheat made using orange peels and coriander, Delirium Tremens, a strong golden Belgian ale, and Fruli, made from pure strawberry juice and Belgian white beer, which was sweet, fruity and my favourite amongst them – clearly because I have a sweet-tooth.
I also surprisingly did enjoy the Brugse Zot, otherwise known as ‘Bruges Fool’, a golden beer brewed in the historical town center of Bruges.
Now on to the food where we were served some sharing/taster dishes from their menu. We began with some starters: Cheesy Croquettes, King Prawns in Garlic Butter, and Belgo Smooth Brussels Pate finished with Delirium Jelly.
From the mains, we had a taste of their famous moules served two different ways (Traditionelle and Marinière), double cooked frites, and their take on surf ‘n turf with asparagus.
And just in case we were still thirsty, there was plenty more beer and shots to go around…
We finished off with some waffles with dark chocolate and white chocolate sauce, and a cherry coulis.
It was overall a nice taster of what Belgo has on offer, and I would be interested to visit again for a full dining experience, and more of those moules.
Thank you Belgo for a fun evening, and I look forward to returning soon.
The Cheekster, signing out x