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01 March 2018
for a restaurant known for mussels. they were bland and tasteless.. very disappointing :(
05 January 2015
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.
09 November 2009
Belgo are fun places. Untypical for London, very good value is met with truly unique surroudings. The “all you can eat” mussels are fun. Unfortunately the crowd can get a bit noisy as this type of restaurant will always attract thirsty groups. Yet this doesn't mean that it is worth a try, especially if you like mussels.
29 October 2009
Haven't been in years and went last week after seeing Dominic West at the Donmar. The staff look like they have all just come of the set of Mad Max or some other equally apocolyptic film. They also communicate via walky talky which for reasons I cannot fully explain, added to my sense of unease. If you haven't booked then you are held in an area which they call a bar, but believe me feels more like a holding pen. Credit where credits due we were told the table would be ten/fifteen minutes and it was five.
Downstairs is long benches and cages full of bottles of beer. Their thing is mussels and frites and I wanted to be impressed with both but sadly wasn't. Too many very small mussels and frites that just weren't very tasty or crisp. The service was brisk but not terribly bothered. It was very busy and its a young crowd, lots of people sharing stuff which is nice.
Good for taking teenagers and students who haven't eaten for a while.
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