The Belgian Monk
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3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
This is an inventive beer-oriented restaurant/pub in a city filled with the usual Cafe Rouges, Wetherspoons, etc. It's also the only Belgian-themed restaurant in the area (and perhaps in all of East Anglia). It is located on a side-street off of the market (behind Tesco and next to a small church). Open Mon-Sat from 12pm-11pm, but the kitchen is only open from 12pm-3pm on weekdays and all day on Saturday. The beer selection is quite large, though not as "artisanal" as a true Belgian beer nerd would desire. However, the owner personally goes to Belgium to buy beer and some ingredients for the cuisine, so there is quite a selection of things that other establishments cannot get through their distributors. The food is top notch, Belgian-inspired faire. Most popular are the paninis, Flemmish beef stew, sausage and mash, and the mussels. You can eat mussels here year-round and they are served 12 different ways. From 12-3 and 5:30-7 on weekdays, you can get two meals from the price of one (on certain dishes). Consequently, lunch-time is quite busy. There is seating outside in the beer garden, inside in two levels around the bar, and an upstairs restaurant area.
The beer. On tap: Grimbergen Blond and Dubbel, Ter Dolen Kriek, La Chouffe, Maes, Cristal, and Brugs wit. In bottles: Grimbergen Cuvee Special and Optimo Bruno; Mort Subite Geuze, Framboise, Kriek, and Cassis; Cuvee de Ciney Blond and Blond Dark; Judas; Tourtel Dark; Jupiler; Westmalle Triple; Triple Karmeliet; Kasteelbier Blond and Bruin; Kwak; Delirium Tremens; Palm; Bush Blond and Amber; Cuvee des Trolls; Malheur 12; St. Louis Peche; Floris Frais and Pomme; Ch'ti; Deugniet; Rochefort 10; and De Dolle Oerbier and Arabier. All in all, a good selection, but where are the REAL geuzes and some saisons? He does bring in other beers from time to time as "beer of the month" and if it works out, he may add some beers from Br. Kerkom soon. That will definitely boost the beery value of this place.
Another thing... all of the bottled beers are served at the same fridge temp which is OK for something like Floris Frais but too cold for the more flavorful, fuller beers.
These are small peeves though. When you take the place as a whole: great food, good atmosphere, and a reasonable beer selection. Plus, they have the best chips/fries/frites that I've had in England!
If you're in Norwich and looking for a good place to eat, definitely give it a try.
08-03-2005 18:34:45 | More by GreenCard
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The Belgian Monk in Norwich, United Kingdom (England)
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