There's more to this Belgian restaurant and bar than just mussels, even if the pots, platters and bowls of moules are what this long-standing chain is probably best known for. There are more than 52 Belgian beers on offer for starters, and a food menu that ranges from rotisserie-roasted chickens to burgers, steaks, short ribs of beef and crispy bellies of pork.
This Covent Garden branch - the group's second of four in London - has been going for nearly 20 years. It's a huge space, with two separate rooms (a dining room and a beer hall) set over 12,000 square feet between Shelton Street and Earlham Street, just down from Seven Dials.
Many visit for the mussels, and there's a range of different dishes on offer, from the 'traditionelle' cooked in a white wine, celery, garlic and onion broth to the Thai (lemongrass, chilli, ginger, kaffir lime, coconut and coriander) and the 'Monroe', cooked in Leffe Blonde beer with pancetta and shallots. Keep an eye out for express lunches, too.
|Venue name:||Belgo Centraal||Contact:|
50 Earlham Street
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu noon-11pm; Fri-Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10.30pm|
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Went to the branch at old Compton street today and was very disappointed to say the least! I went with a party of 10+ and the majority of us were not overly pleased with our meals. The chicken was beyond dry and bland, the smokey paprika potatoes were dry and just tasted burnt - no hint of paprika at all. Most of us left to eat again elsewhere
I don’t normally like chains. But, rarely can you find
anywhere with so many great Belgian beers, so I had to give it a try. Besides,
this is a London staple that has been around for 20 years. While the cellar location
works well for the Belgian beer vibe the restaurant tables and decor could do
with modernising. Though the Moules where not the best I've ever had, they where certainly good and the staff was friendly. Having
said that, I recon I will definitely be back be back whenever I am craving a Vedett, La
Chouffe or even a Delirium!
Brilliant for parties and perfectly located right in the middle of Covent Garden, Belgo Centraal is the perfect place to enjoy proper Belgian beer and excellent food. I had the goat’s cheese salad, though the chef kindly swapped the goat’s cheese for feta, which was lovely and fresh and a big enough portion to keep me going all afternoon, accompanied by a honey beer, which was incredible.
The waiting staff were happy to recommend beers to us and gave good service throughout our meal. It was also excellent value and a great setting for lunch with a group of friends or colleagues. Would definitely recommend it.
Just had a tasty lunch here - food and service were great. The venue is really fun - good place to go with a group of friends. The seating could be a little more comfortable, but we were there for 2 hours...
usually with meals that have mussels, they are small, and a pain as yous spend all that effort getting they out, not so here, the mussels must of been the biggest, I have had, and so tasty! Especially with the belgium beer, highly recommended!!
I know this place is famous for mussels but I have always been a massive fan of the half chicken.. But to be fair I do tend to have mussels to start if I am having 2 courses. Had not been in a while and forgot how lovely the food was. Will be heading back sooner next time.
Always great food whenever I eat here, friendly staff, and remarkable cheap for the quality! Huge selection of beer is a massive bonus. Highly recommended!