The monks are out in force at Belgo Centraal this summer at the return of the Belgian restaurant’s legendary LobsterFest. Now in its tenth year the fiesta is the perfect antidote to the credit crunch, with Londoners offered a range of dishes including a full lobster dinner for under £20.
Waiters bustle around the basement den in oversized monk gowns (in recognition of the Belgian monks who brew the beer) serving up a limited edition menu featuring mouth-watering red Thai lobster, Bisque d’Homard (a tangy lobster and brandy broth with cream and chives) or Lobster Thermador: a creamy half lobster grilled with cheese, mustard and beer.
Apparently 5,000 live lobsters were pre-ordered from Nova Scotia’s finest lobster pots for the annual culinary event. And if tackling lobster meat out of its shell sounds like hard work you needn’t worry, all of the dishes are uncomplicated and easy to eat.
The variety of refreshing Belgian fruit beers on offer, such as apple, plum, cherry and raspberry, are distinctive in taste and character and lend themselves perfectly to individual lobster dishes while taking away some of the bitterness that can come with stronger beers. For dessert enthusiasts delicate portions of sweet afters include: white chocolate mousse, crème brûlée, pistachio ice cream and bread and butter pudding.
The Lobster Festival 2009 runs at Belgo venues throughout London until Tuesday 30 June.
50 Earlham Street
Tel: 020 7813 2233
The promotion is also available at Belgo Noord in Chalk Farm and the Bierodromes in Clapham, Kingsway and Islington.