Jan 13

Belgo Brasserie Knows How to Throw a Party

by Michael Buffett · 0 comments

Downtown is a melting pot of cultural diversity. Belgo infuses this idea with classic French cooking to create a dining experience that far exceeds your expectations. With dishes like Navindra’s Indian Spiced Prawns served with cumin, lime brown rice topped with cilantro yogurt, and Lacquered Rack of Lamb with warm Belgium potato salad, and house made beer mustard sauce; this 300- seat restaurant packs a flavourful punch.

The Burlesque New Year’s Eve Party at Belgo was an amazing example of this French hot spot’s ability to plan a party. They had a drag queen Cher impersonator, and several burlesque performers to entertain you for the evening. At midnight they had hundreds of balloons drop from the ceiling onto the dance floor, creating an atmosphere of pure joy. The kitchen was another star of this evening, offering a three course choice menu that was an excellent finish to the year.

My meal started with an arancini amuse-bouche (fried risotto), and then smoked duck with wild mushrooms and truffle. These first two dishes were packed with flavour. They were extremely tender and the portions were more than satisfying. My main course was the duo of lamb with braised lentils. By the time I had finished this plate I was ready to go into the kitchen and shake the chef’s hand personally for putting so much care into making sure that each individual aspect of this dish was pure, unadulterated, savoury perfection. Dessert; Molten chocolate cake and hot Mayan cocoa with macaroons. These desserts finished our meal the same way it started, phenomenally.

I think that Belgo is a perfect downtown destination for anyone. The entrees run between twenty and forty dollars but the experience is priceless.

I recently had a chance to sit down and interview Chef Ashish Damle! I’m already looking forward to the New Year’s party for 2012. Anywhere I should keep in mind?

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