Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Leon de Bruxelles in Semecourt, France

Today was the crappiest day of the week (weather-wise). It rained all day long. Small, constant raindrops. And it just had to be on a work day where I have to walk 500 meters to and from the building. It's not much to walk, but with the rain and the constant fear of slipping on the wet floor, it's almost torturous. To cheer up, I decided to try one of the many restaurants nearby for lunch. What I didn't realize is that I would have to walk from the parking lot to the restaurant and back. I got rained on at least 4 times today and each time I was drenched. Anyone who knows me knows how much I dislike rain and it's gonna take a miracle for me not to be sick after this day!

It was 12 noon on the clock when I was seated and I was the only guest in the room. The employees were in a circle by the bar discussing the to-do's and not-to-do's. I found amusing hearing the manager telling the servers which dishes to push to the clients and reminding them to be polite.

When in Leon de Bruxelles, I know what I'm getting. And if I didn't, the front page of the menu cover can always remind me! :p After all, Moules Frites (Mussels and Fries) is Belgium's national dish and this is a Belgian restaurant.

And what's great is that you can eat good mussels all year long. You don't always eat the same kind of mussels throughout the year, but you do eat the best ones according to the season. 

Complimentary Pretzels - not my choice of aperitif snack but hey, it's free! :p

The meal starts with a trip to the Unlimited Salad / Starter Buffet. You had your choice of vegetables, seafood, salads, and cold cuts.

Taboule Salad, Steamed Shrimps, Bulots, and Pork Rillettes.
I probably shouldn't have gotten the Pork Rillettes with the seafood, but it looked too good to pass. While eating, I realized that no matter how good it looks, there are just some things you can't eat together.

Complimentary Bread

San Pellegrino Sparkling Water 

In restaurants, I try to order a dish that I don't usually make at home. Since I make a pretty mean Moules Marinieres (click here for the post), I scanned the menu for other options. I finally decided on Moules au Roquefort because it sounded the most exotic. Roquefort cheese is a pretty pungent and strong-tasting cheese and whenever I eat some raw I need a little butter to go with it. But I wondered if Roquefort would taste different when cooked.

Did you know that the Pomme Frites / Potato Fries in Belgium are traditionally fried in ox fat? I had no idea and it's my niece who is studying in Belgium that inform me of that little tidbit. Seeing that Leon de Bruxelles is a Belgian restaurant, I couldn't help but wonder if their fries were fried the traditional way. Either way, I couldn't really tell the difference.

I loved the mussels, but I didn't love these small ones in my dish. What I'm gonna say next is going to sound ridiculous, but I felt like I was cutting their life short (and there wasn't much to eat!).

The mussels were plump and very tasty. The roquefort wasn't bad, but as expected it was strong. Less than when it's raw, but still pretty strong. I'm still glad that I got to try it though. ;p

Out of the 7 given dessert choices, the Creme Brulee sounded best. Unfortunately, it turned out to be the downfall of my meal. I've had perfect and amazing Creme Brulee before (Tinder Box and La Table du Saulnois) so it's easy to point out the mediocre ones ever since.


Lunch Menu - 13,15 Euros
San Peligrino Sparkling Water - 3,40 Euros

Total: 16, 55 Euros

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