Leuven – CBD, Wellington

Leuven Belgian Beer Cafe –https://www.facebook.com/LeuvenBelgiumBeerCafe/

Reviewed by FiFi, December 2018

The Place:

 There are five Bene options to chose from.  The Eiren Benedict/ Les Oeufs Benedictine with ham (Benedict) or salmon (Montreal).  You could easily substitute the ham for bacon if that sounded more appealing.  There is the Aardappelkoee/Pommes de Terre Accompagness which consists of hash potato, sweet potato, red onion, tomato, bacon, a poached egg and hollandaise.  The Viskoekjes/Cooquetts de poisson made of fish cakes on grilled lemon, a poached egg and hollandaise.  Lastly, you could order the Eiren naar Keuie/Les oeufd de votre choix which is eggs on herb toast and hollandaise.   Sides ranged from $3 to $6.  

The Service:

We booked ahead as this was a Christmas breakfast and our party was close to 10 of us.  Our servers were warm and friendly and most of all they smiled.  Our coffees were delivered quickly and for the size of our party our meals came out fairly swiftly and in quick succession of each other.  The staff were engaging and friendly.

The Presentation:

There seemed to be little effort go in to the presentation of this dish. The only thing that slightly resembled a garnish was the smattering of parsley in the sauce.  Overall,  the meals looked okay, but not amazing.

  • The Benedict, Montreal and “Hash” – the meals were okay and they were generous portion sizes.
  • The Eggs – the eggs were warm and runny.
  • The Bacon– the bacon added colour and a slightly salty flavour to the hash dish.
  • The ham – the thick slice of ham was simply mouth-watering.
  • The Salmon – the slightly oily, salty salmon steak was rich and flaky
  • The Tomato – was sweet, yet tangy and added great balance to the colours and flavours of the hash
  • The Potato cakes – were crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
  • The Hollandaise – the house-made hollandaise was creamy and rich but there just wasn’t enough of it.
  • The bread – the thick chunks of herb bread were crunchy and toasty.

 Would We Go Again?

Yes the service and food was great.

Scorecard

Style: 6/10 – Classic.

Taste: 7/10 – we all enjoyed our meals.

Originality: 8/10 – The hash stack was a nice option along with the fish.

Value: 7/10 – the Benes were reasonably priced at $16.50 for the Benedict (ham), $19.50 for the Montreal (salmon) and $17.50 for the Hash (with bacon).  The fish option was $16.90 or just eggs with toast and hollandaise for $12.  Sides range from $3 to $6.  

Eggs: 6/10

Overall score: 6/10

135-137 Featherston Street, Wellington 6011

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