Volle Gas

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Before taking off on our 4 day great Portuguese adventure, one last truly Belgian dinner was in order. There are a few places I know about in Brussels which offer traditional Belgian cuisine, and Volle Gas is one of them.

Set a little aside from your mainstream Brussels restaurants, Volle Gas takes you back to times passed, to brasseries where food and music were one. I personally like Volle Gas as it is one of the few places where you really feel in Belgium. There is something about the waiters that says: Belgians! There is something about the décor that gives it a flair of French mixed with Flemish. The menu – all beer and game, Belgian frites and mussels. What more could you ask for?

With temperatures now dropping to zero, it was very easy to decide on one of the game suggestions, namely saddle of hare. So I ordered my hare with arlequin sauce and a cheese garniture.

An experience. The meat was tender, but most of all the vegetables served were delicious and the cranberry sauce made the dish perfect. Quite heavy as a dish, but oh so delish. And at the suggestion of our waiter, we combined old world, Belgian game with a new world Argentinean wine, a Bodega Jacques Francois Lurton – Valle de Uco, Malbec, 2004.

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