It may not look much from outside but this courtyard restaurant serves up Lille specialities such as carbonade
flamande - a sort of beef stew with chips - in an exposed-brick, Parisian-attic setting with loads of atmosphere and good service.
The main all-you-could-eat courses were moose stew and ziti, caribou balls, jambalaya, venison Bourguignon, ginger apple pheasant breast, moose carbonade
, pheasant pie and striper casserole.
Other highlights include the traditional bitterballen, cheese croquet and beef carbonade
, served in a gravy that is rich without overwhelming the depth of flavour in the tender meat.
(Dh79) came for the main course, an intense Flemish-style beef stew with fries.
The acidity of the beer tenderizes beef and is ideal for braising--try it in the classic Belgian Carbonade
Its two restaurants are distinct - one serving high-end, modern food, the other hearty local fare such as carbonade
The first known recipes for dishes like 'carbonade
' and 'hachis' are introduced.
And you can have a drink, or lunch - we had a delicious Flemish carbonade
flamande, a beef and onion stew, made with beer of course - at Domus, a micro-brewery which pipes the beer into the bar from next door.
(Amuse Bouche, Stuffed Tomato, Onion Soup, Beef Chunks Carbonade
Style and Creme Brule).
The beef carbonade
at the splendid Caf du Vaudeville above an old theatre is a rich and tender dream dish and, likewise, at the somewhat exclusive Belga Queen, with it's satanic goat's head centrepiece, the meatballs Liege is irresistible.
A A carbonade
is a slow-cooked stew or casserole where beer is used as one of the main cooking liquids.
Hang on in there, because the main course features carbonade
of shin of Welsh black beef served with mature cheddar and mustard potato gratin with savoy cabbage and carrots on the side.