Belgium is known for 3 things, chocolate, moules and frites – oh wait and the beer! I have had mussels and fries at a few Belgian pubs and they have always been good. In fact the best mussels I have ever had were in a Belgian pub in New Zealand, and considering my roots near the ocean I don’t award that compliment lightly.
While I only had 16 hours overnight in Brussels, not long enough to spend much time in the city or take a day trip from Brussels. Fortunately there are many affordable Brussels hotels to make a layover simple.. But I was determined to try the mussels and fries in Brussels and asked for a recommendation when I checked in.
Armed with a map I made my way through the grimy streets of Brussels (seriously it’s a bit of an ugly duckling) and found myself in what seemed to be the Koh San Road of moules and frites.
Although I was a bit apprehensive to eat in a tourist district it was getting late so I sat down to Chez Leon for the 13.90 Euro deal of 500g mussels, fries, a Belgian beer and crusty bread.
It was disappointing.
It could possibly be the worst I have ever had. The mussel shells were not cleaned well so when cooked the grit seeped into the shell. They seemed to be cooked in celery, onion, parsley and tarragon but were flavourless.
So bad I deleted the photo of the food! I’m sorry I can’t give you a recommendation for food in Belgium but I can tell you to steer clear of Chez Leon.
Next time I’m hitting the Chowhound boards to find a real recommendation.