Went to Belga Cafe last night. It was excellent. From the reviews on the board, I expected snooty service, but didn't experience it. The hostess was very nice and checked in with us a couple times while we waited for a table. They bought our table some macaroni croquettes on the house to start, delicious. We tried the oxtail consomme and the cheese plate to start. The consomme came out in a french press pot to get poured in the bowl, a nice touch, and it was tasty. The cheeses were brie, blue, and two stinky varieties, not sure the exact type (our waitress was nice, but hard to hear and had an accent). Wasn't really a fan of any of them, not the restaurant's fault, just my taste.
For entrees, we had the lamb, beef stew, and venison. I thought the lamb was too chewy, but my friends liked it. The beef stew was tasty, maybe a little bit overcooked because it seemed chewy for slow cooked stew meat. It came with Belgian fries which were delicious (although they came out with no salt on them). I've never had such tender venison as this dish. What is usually a hard, chewy meat in my opinion, practically melted in your mouth (still has that gamey taste though).
My boyfriend tried 2 of the Belgian beers, dark ones to pair with the venison. The waitress brought out ones she thought would be good, he liked them both. I thought the prices were reasonable for DC, beef stew was about $17 I think and the other two were around $25. Plus, valet parking outside was $6, can't beat that downtown. The restaurant itself was a great atmosphere, dark lighting with flickering candles and close-set tables with pretty place settings. Unpretentious with a neighborhood feel. I would definitely go back to Belga and to that neighborhood in general.
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