You’ve most likely have heard of the saying “dine and dash,” but sometimes it may just be the other way around. At Belgo in London, there is special called Beat the Clock, where the price for each dish is the time shown on your food order. One of my friends had heard praise about the restaurant’s mussels, but we ran into one problem: the timed special is every Monday through Friday, but class ends at 5 PM, exactly the time when the special starts. Beat the Clock ends at 6:30 PM, but we wanted the cheapest price possible. When class ended, we walked as fast as we could. I believe the official time we arrived at the restaurant was 5:27 PM.
There are five dishes on Belgo’s Beat the Clock menu: half kilo bowl of classic mussels with frites, pork & leek sausages with Stoemp mash and jus, warm asparagus tartlet with a mixed salad, linguine with smoked salmon and asparagus, and rotisserie chicken with a sticky chili sauce. Wanting to try everything, we ordered one of each except the sausages (it didn’t sound or look appealing) plus an extra order of mussels – hey, there were five of us.
The mussels were definitely the highlight of the meal, drenched in a white wine broth. Half a kilo of mussels is plenty to feed two people, and don’t be afraid to just use your hands.
Belog is a Belgian restaurant, so the frites definitely did not disappoint. Crispy yet not oily, the frites satisfied our salty cravings. Although the mussels were great, I have to admit that I ate more frites than mussels. Don’t be surprised if you suddenly reach into the bowl only to find that you’ve subconsciously eaten all those crispy potatoes.
The warm asparagus tartlet was creamy, with a nice hard crust. However, it was extremely small, and the five of us had to cut tiny slices in order to all get a taste.
The linguine, while properly cooked, only had one meager piece of asparagus. Like the tartlet, the portion size didn’t make it a good choice. It’s barely enough to feed one person.
The chicken tasted delicious and moist. The sauce didn’t taste spicy, though, and I’m pretty sensitive when it comes to spicy foods.
Overall, Belgo’s Beat the Clock special is worth the price, but only if you order the right dishes. I recommend only ordering the mussels and the chicken and skipping everything else. If you’re a seafood fan, Belgo also offers some dishes worth noting on its regular menu.
London WC2B 6TD
Sunday – Wednesday 11:00 – 23:00
Thursday 11:00 – 24:00
Friday – Saturday 11:00 – 1:00
Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 23:00