Belgian restaurants in Cape Town have an extemely high standard of quality in the authenticity of their dishes and decor. The Belgian pride themselves in their sense of tradition. One of these tradfitions that they carry out at a Belgian restaurant, Den Anker, at the V&A Waterfront, is that whenever you buy a certain drink there, you have to hand in one of your shoes, which they then place in a basket and they do not give it back to you, until you have handed back the glass which you hjave used. This ensures that none of their glasses go missing.
Some famous Belgian dishes are: steak tartare, mussels and chips, waterzoi de poissons (fish stew) and waterzoi de poulet (chicken stew). A very popular ingredient in Belgian cuisine, is chicory. Three examples of how it can be served are: baked, this is when they wrap it in ham and cover it in cheese, or done with pot roast covered in butter, or in a salad, where it is served raw and mixed with boiled potatoes.
The Belgians are passionate about their beer. Some of the more famous Belgian ales are: Leffe, Stelle Artois, Gueuze, Alost, Louvain, Malmedy, Stout and Delst. The Belgians are also known for a spirit called Le Genievre.
The atmosphere inside Belgian restaurants is always friendly and very traditional, decorated with flags, famous sculptures/monuments and paintings.
Examples of Belgian restaurants found
in Cape Town: