April 19, 2001
Sampling the wide variety of Belgian beers will be a treat. You can have a refreshing Hoegaarden in a HUGE glass, or a fruity Kriek (cherry) beer. In bottles they have several varieties of the famous Chimay abbey beer. You might also try a gueze, which is a slightly sour beer uniquely made in Belgium through an open air process.
The food is traditional Belgian, which became one of my favorites. If you like mussels, get one of the many varieties here. My favorite was the Madras, which is a frequent special. They are served piled high in a big pot with chips (fries to us Americans) or bread. My other favorites included a tender lamb shank with a Kriek reduction, pan seared duck served with stoemp (mashed potatos with vegetables in them), or chicken supreme. For dessert my favorite was, you guessed it, a Belgian waffle served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.
My wife and I happened across this place in our first weeks in London and returned many times. To get there turn right out of Gloucester Road tube station onto Gloucester Road. Continue three blocks to the intersection with Old Brompton Road and turn left. It is on the left about a block down the road.
From journal A year in London