One of our top picks of the festival thus far has been from Belgium. This popular kiosk changed up its menu from last year, moving their focus to as assortment of waffles. Those who might miss the mussels served in 2012 should look next door to New Zealand’s for their excellent version, and those who like the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Seashell Truffles can find them at Desserts & Champagne.
We were incredibly excited to try the Potato and Leek Waffle, which is served with Braised Beef on top as well as butter. It might not be much to look at, but the taste is amazing!
The ample, large pieces of beef were incredibly tender, and while I’m typically not fan of roasts of this style, I really found the flavor here pleasant. Matt loves roasts, so he was certainly happy to help with the portion.
The waffle itself held up fairly well to the gravy that was smothering it. It had a slight onion-y bite from the leek. Some of the last few bites really absorbed the juices, but instead of just seeming soggy, the flavor of the waffle itself was enhanced. This is one of the dishes we’ll definitely be ordering again, and a week into the festival, the portions I saw being dished out still were huge.
The beers served at Belgium are pretty standard names, with the Leffe Brune being a bit more uncommon. I’m not going to delve too deep into the beers (I just had a taste off the Brune since it wasn’t my order, and I’ve had everything else before). If you’ve never tried the beers before, the flight is a great way to sample them. When Matt and I have ordered flights in the past, we sample each and divvy up 2 each of what our favorites are. I usually end up with the dark beers and IPAs since he’s not as big of a fan of their flavors.
For those of you looking to make your sweet tooth happy in Belgium, they’re offering two versions of Belgian waffle dishes this year. The first is topped with a Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream, and the other has a Berry Compote featuring Driscoll’s Berries and Whipped Cream. We haven’t ordered one of the sweet ones in years (below is 2010′s), and after having the savory Potato and Leek version, it would be difficult placing an order for anything else but it!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Belgium kiosk this year! Let us know what your favorite items are!
Our friend Fran snapped this photo of the two dessert Belgian Waffles for us! The one on the left features the Berry Compote featuring Driscoll’s Berries and Whipped Cream, while the one on the right is topped with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream.
We also ordered the Potato and Leek Waffle again, and the portion size changed to feature the smaller round waffle (the aforementioned one had a larger square that nearly filled the dish), but still had a few large pieces of meat and plenty of gravy.
And washed down with a Stella…