Brussels Beer Cafe @ Jaya One, PJ

On 3/25/2010 12:26:00 PM
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Well-known among avid beer drinkers, Brussels Beer Cafe has been the rage in PJ since it first opened. The menu list gives an overview of the unique and wonderful portfolio of Belgian beers and an opportunity to discover the Belgian beer paradise. Reflecting the fantastic variety are: Stella Artois, the Belgian premium lager beer; Hoegaarden, the most popular Belgian white beer; Leffe Blonde or Brune, a unique traditional dark abbey beer; and more.

Beer is easily my least favorite beverage, unfortunately, also the most popular in social settings. I must confess that I'm not much of a drinker but I do enjoy tasting them in 'moderate' quantity. One pint of Hoegaarden white on draft (RM 24), where the world renowned it as "the best of the white beers". It was light and refreshing with a slight bitter fruity taste.

Half pint of Leffe Brune (RM 16), a superb, darkcolored Belgian brown ale with aromas of roasted coffee, vanilla, cloves and dried fruits. The taste is sweet and silky, slightly drying with a well-balanced bitterness.

Maredsous Tripel (RM 29.80), golden amber in colour and has a strong, spicy and malty alcoholic aroma, which is not surprising when you see the 10% alcoholic content on the traditionally styled label. You crazy hardcore party-goers Belgian monks! Where did you learn how to brew beers like this?

Beers and porks are definitely BFF, Best Friends Forever! Grilled pork loin (RM 28.80), pork fillet served with sauté mushrooms, stoemp (mashed potatoes with vegetables), caramelized shallots and red wine reduction sauce. Even though the pork loin was a tad tough, it was fully flavored. Naisss!

A 3 course weekend dinner set promotion which includes your choice of a starter, a main course and a dessert, for only RM 29.90. My starter was pan fried scallops with creamy sauce, portions were generous with 4 big fresh scallops. It was fresh and delicately delectable. The other two choices for starter were sauté prawn with lemon, olive oil, chili and garlic; and deep fried crab claw served with tomato salsa and garlic olio.

The main course, grilled rib-eye steak with prime vegetables, stoemp and wild mushroom sauce. Surprisingly, it was chewy and tough for a rib-eye cut. Should have opt for the other main course instead; grilled duck breast with spicy sweet sauce served with asparagus and stoemp, or red snapper cook in Brussels style with relish tomatoes, candied lemon served with fennel and spinach; or chicken mushroom Alfredo pasta served with chicken, mushroom, cream sauce and parmesan cheese.

For dessert, Belgian waffle topped with banana and served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. The warm waffle went well with the vanilla ice cream and the rich hot chocolate syrup. However, the texture of the waffle wasn't that fantastic, felt like it was reheated with the microwave instead of the toaster/oven.

Verdict: Fabulous hang-out place for premium Belgian beers at a decent price. Not to mention, tonnes of sinful beer foods (all the pork-laden goodness) to go with the beer makes it much more memorable.

Brussels Beer Cafe
4-20-G, Block L,
Jaya One,
72A, Jalan Universiti, Section 13,
46200, Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7954 2000
Business Hours: Opens daily from 11am - 2am
Halal: No
GPS: 3.117939, 101.635686

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