Domus, a popular brewery restaurant where waiters skilfully ignored anyone not already seated at a table.
L-Cafe had been listed as a good place to find traditional Belgian food, run by two sisters - Liesbet and Lori. However, we were too late to eat as the kitchen closes at 20.45.
|Belgenius - Citrus Strong Golden Ale|
De Nachtuil, Krakenstraat 8, was only a minute's walk away and its Night Owl name reflects the late opening hours (until 2am Tue-Thu, 3am Fri-Sun).
We ordered mixed olives as a starter and main dishes which came with a separate large serving of Belgian frites to share.
Cornet, as recommended on Friday night by Gunter. The Brouwerij De Hoorn tasting notes mention 'Cornet is an oaked, strong, blond Belgian beer (Alc. 8.5% Vol.). Its subtle touch of vanilla is achieved by adding oak chips during brewing. Brewed in honour of Salomon de Maldeghem, Knight in the 11th century.' I will look for Cornet again when in Belgium.
|Arthur's Legacy 13 - Aerts 2016 / Brouwerij de Hoorn|
Het Besloten Land - just a few doors along from Metafoor.
We reached De Blauwe Kater around midnight and were glad to find a free table on the ground floor.
Houblon Chouffe, the hoppy 9% ABV version of La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe (4.40 euro). This was a favourite beer on the trip and three bottles were purchased on Sunday from the essential Carrefour Express at Brussels Midi station before heading home.
The music volume was turned up and SoundHound was deployed to detect The Levee by Belgian band Blues Lee.
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, brewed in Mechelen by Het Anker, the tunes were authentic blues from John Lee Hoooker - Mr Lucky. Indeed I was!
Tasting notes from the Het Anker website describe the 8% ABV Hopsinjoor as 'derived from “Opsinjoor”, the typical character of Mechelen and also because of the use of 5 different kinds of hops. These hops are fractioned at a different time during the cooking process in order to conserve a maximum of aroma.' This is another beer that I will seek out again, perhaps even at the brewery in Mechelen where the station conveniently lies on the railway line between Brussels and Antwerp.