Noble Savage (he said):
I can’t fucking believe we haven’t posted about The Belgian Triple yet! We’ve been there a few times, and have enjoyed every single outing. So let’s do this!
The Belgian Triple is the brainchild of two beer lovers; Gerlandt from Holland, and Nikolai from Siberia. As far as I know, there aren’t many Russia-Dutch collaborations out there, but based on The Belgian Triple, this is a winning combination.
Obviously, The Belgian Triple is all about Belgian beer – 81 of them, in fact. (And after paging through the “Belgian Beer Bible”, 81 is about 0,5% of what is available in Belgium.)
All staff involved at The Belgian Triple is fantastically passionate about their beers, and based on what you’re in the mood for, they will be able to satisfy your craving. From Lucifer to De Poes (heehee), the Belgians know their way around a beer barrel. The one (of many) that stood out is the Lindeman’s Faro – almost a sour taste, but in an exceptionally good way.
One more nice touch is that the menus are all printed on normal paper. The owners encourage visitors to make notes on the menu (especially the beer section), so they can keep track of what they’ve had, and what they still want to try.
The restaurant itself is comfortable. Nothing pretentious here; it’s all about the beer. The Belgian Triple does have a very impressive beer storage/cooling area above the bar, and there’s various beer-related knick-knacks all round.
The space isn’t huge, but that makes it all the more cosy.
On to the food! You won’t find mediocre and tasteless pub staples at The Belgian Triple. The plates Chef Ross sends out of his tiny kitchen beggars belief. I would describe his food as fine dining pub grub – traditional Belgian pub food, served beautifully and perfectly prepared. To start with, we had some platter snacks (Borrelhapjes) – bitterballen, shrimp kroketten, and salt and pepper squid.
These are not the frozen out-of-a-box types you’ll get at a “cultural festival”; these are made fresh. And you can taste the difference. And how can you go to a Belgian restaurant without having mussels and chips (frites)?! The mussels are prepared in a creamy garlic and beer sauce, and the chips are served with homemade mayonnaise (what else?).
I’ve had something similar a few times (mostly with beer being substituted with white wine), but none of those can compare to The Belgian Triple’s recipe. There are so many other wonderful options on the menu, so it will be very difficult for me to not order the mussels again.
Our last trip to The Belgian Triple was a few months ago, and while writing this, I’m wondering why it has been so long. Don’t be like us – GO NOW! Just a tip though – the Belgians’ beer is a lot stronger than ours, and also quite smooth, so you might get shitfaced very abruptly if you don’t pace yourself.
Boozy Foodie (she said):
Yes, it is true! The Belgian Triple is definitely a personal favourite! I did actually write about my most recent experience – which was a #HelloRecommends foodie event organised by Hello Joburg – so I will try not to repeat too much: https://boozyfoodie.co.za/2017/07/06/hellorecommends-a-feast-of-bitterballen-and-beer/
We keep going back though – and that I don’t mind repeating – for the beautifully presented food and my favourite Lindemans – the Faro!
It is also the friendly and efficient service and the interesting chats with Gerlandt and Nikolai that makes a visit to The Belgian Triple such a fun experience. Do yourself a favour and pop in – take some friends, and try a few Belgian beers and try some of Chef Ross’ delectable dishes – you will thank me!
The Belgian Triple is located at the Olympus Village Shopping Center in Pretoria – check them out on http://thebelgian.co.za/