For beer buffs, BELGA is the beertopia of all your wildest fantasies.
The impressively stocked bar with the captivating copper beer taps situated amid the brasserie is dedicated to an ambitious list of 61 traditional Belgian draught and bottled beers. The venue also happens to be the only bar in all of Southeast Asia to serve Duvel on tap, a prime Belgium-originated golden ale that is, despite its pale golden shade, packed with well-bodied bubbles and a strong bitter and yeasty punch. Stop there also for their extensive range of old and new world wines — which you can enjoy whilst absorbing Bangkok’s beautiful concrete junglescape from their terrace. While you’re there, you should also gorge on a scrumptious Belgian feast curated by Head Chef Sebastien Segurola along with his skilled team.
Recently, we had a chance to check out the space and tried some of the best dishes BELGA Rooftop Bar & Brasserie has to offer. Here’s a list of must-tries you need to order when you visit.
[All images courtesy of BELGA]
Moules Frites (1/2 kg for THB 590 or 1 kg for THB 1,090)
A quintessential food of Belgium, Moules Frites was once known as a poor man’s meat (mussels and potatoes, since they were wildly available). Now, it is a delicacy in which not only the dish is cherished by the Belgians but also by foodie foreigners – like us. Moules (mussels) Frites (fries), just as its name suggests, is a dish of mussels boiled in a scrumptious broth then served with Belgian fries.
At BELGA, the dish gets a pungent upgrade. The Moules Tom Yum come bathing in a pool of sweet and spicy broth. Get also the Moules Hoegaarden if you love your mussels soaked in sweet brew crammed with pancetta bits and a splash of cream. A fair warning though: the moules frites at BELGA are so popular they often sell out by the end of the week.
“Frites Maison” Homemade Belgian Fries (THB 250)
For a crowd-pleasing food, nothing beats fries. It’s something that can even be enjoyed by both carnivores and vegans alike. The Belgians are masters of double-fried fries. In fact, they even claim to be the inventor of fries, so expect nothing less than excellence. The Frites Maison were the highlight of our meal here at BELGA. The Belgians are also very big on condiments and love to pair a thick white mayo with fries. So instead of a cocktail cart, you’ll find a stellar mayo cart loaded with house-made mayo wheeled around by the “Maître Mayonnaise” to flavour your mayo to your preference – think, truffle, lemon, chilli, or caper.
“At Belga, we take our fries very seriously,” says Chef Sebastien. “Another example is the Maître Mayonnaise who mixes fresh, home-made mayonnaise with an array of flavours as chosen by our guest at each dining table. Belgians love to add mayonnaise to their favourite dishes and I am sure this trend will soon spread to Bangkok.”
Grey Shrimp Croquettes (THB 390)
Who doesn’t love something hot and fried? We know we do. So tucking into the deep-fried Grey Shrimp Croquettes feels like the best way to end our appetiser sesh before diving right into the mains. The grey shrimp is dubbed as the queen of seafood, and is meaty in texture yet delicate in flavour, making it a perfect medium to soak up all the delicious seasonings whilst still holding a great bite to it in these croquettes.
Salade Liégoise (THB 290 / 480)
For a substantial salad boasting an umami-packed punch, Salade Liégoise will do. The bed of lettuce comes studded with flavoursome elements like lardons, chunks of boiled potato, and soft-boiled egg with runny yolk ready to give extra oomph to the already toothsome dressing. It’s one of our most favourite dishes here.
Steak Frites (Sirloin THB 990, Rib-eye THB 1,290)
To make your meal here complete, don’t skip over a juicy slice of steak. Another staple Belgian food, take delight in the succulent Steak Frites served with a side of green salad, fries, and your choice of sauce: béarnaise, red wine, or green peppercorn. Delicious.
Bruxelles Waffle (THB 250)
When it comes to Belgian cuisine, the waffle is a true showstopper. So take this as a rule of thumb: you can’t properly visit BELGA without trying their signature waffle dish. Amongst a worldwide waffle repertoire, Brussels Waffle or Gaufres de Bruxelles is considered one of the best. The bread-y, leavened batter boasts an airy and real-deal crispiness that will hit all the right notes. You even get a choice between a crispy or soft version. By all means: follow your Belgian bliss.
BELGA Rooftop Bar & Brasserie, 189 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 13-15, Bangkok, +662 126 9999; Open: Sun-Thu, 5 pm-12 am; Fri-Sat, 5 pm-1 am.