It always feels a bit of cheap shot to review somewhere you went for a work Christmas lunch, particularly as it’s not somewhere I’d ever normally choose to go otherwise, but having got that disclaimer out of the way here goes.
Belgo was a thoroughly disappointing experience. Yes it was nice to sit with friends and have a chat and a laugh and not have to work, but beyond that it wasn’t at all good.
Service was poor. Sure we were a large party, but everything had been pre-ordered so it shouldn’t have been an issue, but staff didn’t seem engaged or organised and it was almost impossible to order any extra drinks. It took ages for each course to arrive, people got the wrong orders and, as different dishes came out at different stages, some people had almost finished before others got their food.
The venue itself was in a dingy basement in Covent Garden. If you were being charitable you’d say it had character, I didn’t feel charitable so I’d describe it as being in need of a proper refit and some redecoration.
The food was really unexceptional. I had Christmas soup to start, the best you can say was it was hot, but watery and lacking in much taste with the thinnest slices of bread possible accompanying it. This was followed by Christmas lunch, most of it was overcooked, except for the parsnips which were so hard you could have used them to bang some nails in if you ever found yourself short of a hammer. This was followed by Belgian waffle, which had much the same taste and texture as packing materials you’d find if ordering a parcel online. At least it was cheap!
Its not the worst meal I’ve eaten (it may make a top 20), but suffice to say the Christmas lunch I cooked this year was far better, and I don’t consider myself a good cook. I won’t return.