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Clementine's Belgian Bistro

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Clementine's Belgian Bistro

GiGi | May 18, 2004 05:28 PM

Recently ate here with my husband after reading about it in Gambit Weekly. We'd always had it on our 'to eat' list - so we ventured over to the West Bank. First of all, they have an impressive selection of Belgian beers (Leffe, Orval, Duvel are a few). The atmosphere is warm, and service is very willing to recommend their favorite offerings. We started with the croquettes that were lightly fried and full of two cheeses (swiss - parmesan?). There were two of them, and they were about the size of small beignets - very flavorful, and not *too* fried. We also tried the mussels in a garlic/butter sauce. ICK. I have eaten mussels many times, and had since given them up after reading "Kitchen Confidential" - but thought I'd give it a whirl. They were the right size, just tasted very fishy, very unclean and very old. We did not finish the mussels, and tried some of the regular white loaf of bread on our table (to cleanse our palates!). I ordered the Belgian Meatballs in a tomato gravy - they were good - a pork/onion/spice mixture - and the sauce was incredible (although, its something I wouldn't find myself yearning for again). The thing that we both loved were the fries that came with my dish. They were the best we've both ever had - and we have eaten all over the world. The dipping sauce we got was the Andalouse, and it had a nice 'kick' to it - perfect balance for the perfect fry! My husband had the meatloaf, which was also good - but not outstanding. He enjoyed it, but wasn't floored - it did come with a side of au gratin potatoes that were superb. Dessert was a crepe that was perfection, and covered with Belgian hot fudge - my husband had one with apple, vanilla ice cream & Grand Marnier. The special beers, fries & crepes were the highlights of this adventure. We will definetly be back, but will stay away from the mussels and try the Flemish Stew next time, or maybe the seafood crepe....or the fondue.....

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