Belga Café

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2010 Washington D.C. Area Rising Stars Honorees Dinner at Equinox - Washington, D.C.

514, 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544 0100
www.belgacafe.com
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Fri 11:30am-11pm; Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-9:30pm

Belga Café is a taste of Belgium on the Hill. Belgian Chef and 2006 DC Rising Star Bart Vandaele opened this celebration of Belgian cuisine in the Eastern Market neighborhood seven years ago. Today his food remains as creative as ever, with American and Asian ingredients accenting the rich culinary culture of his homeland. Crunchy, mildly bitter Belgian endive is sassily reimagined as endive “sushi” and paired with salty-sweet prosciutto di Parma and tart-spiced orange-cardamom gelée for a balanced finish. He’s had ample practice—his culinary training began when he was just 12. Of course no menu would be complete without dishes that utilize one of Belgium’s classic ingredients—beer! Dishes like Hoegaarden Honey Ice Cream Float put it to good use.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Endive Sushi: Poached Endive, Prosciutto di Parma, Orange Gelée, and Parmesan Crisp
  • # Cold Green Pea Soup with Sour Cream, Smoked Salmon, and Pink Peppercorn Flakes Cold Green Pea Soup with Sour Cream, Smoked Salmon, and Pink Peppercorn Flakes