Friday, January 21, 2011
Quadrupel Brasserie (For Lunch)
I'd been to Quadrupel Brasserie twice - with a group of friends on the second evening they were open, when most of the dishes were good but a couple needed work, and on my birthday last summer, when the food was good but I'd had quite a few beers and probably would have enjoyed Burger King that evening. On both occasions Carla had been with me, and not long ago she informed me that she wanted to return to Quadrupel. I told her something that she did not know: the brasserie is now serving lunch Tuesday-Friday. We decided that would be our destination.
There were several tables occupied when we entered (they all finished before us and I snapped that second picture after they'd left, which is why it looks deserted) and we took a table against the wall. I was given a lunch menu; Carla was given a dinner menu. She expressed surprise when I told her that I was deciding between the burger and the pulled pork sandwich, as neither item was on her menu. I made my decision and gave her my menu. But first things first:
When Quadrupel first put up a website prior to opening, they had several American beers listed, some that I like very much. However that idea was done away with and all they offer now are Belgian beers. But between Scotch and nothing, I'll take Scotch. Saison Dupont is perhaps the most famous of the Belgian "farmhouse" ales, made to refresh farm workers during the harvest season. As such it is a refreshing, peppery, citrus-flavored ale. (But still very sweet.) I nursed this one beer throughout the whole meal.
And there wasn't very much of it. It was certainly tasty, no doubt, but I was still disappointed, and not just because I was misled about the pork being pulled. My plate was $16 - twelve bucks for the sandwich plus a four dollar surcharge for substituting fries for salad - and I was done with the sandwich in just a few bites. I should have ordered the burger. Or, what Carla had:
"Maybe if we finish these and ask for more, the next round will be brought out in pint glasses," I suggested.
But we could not finish the second round of sauces.
She selected the pecan bread pudding, which took about twenty minutes to arrive. It smelled very good but I did not take a bite, despite the fact there was plenty of it. Carla took quite a bit home with her.
I would not be opposed to returning to Quadrupel for lunch. I was not a big fan of my pork sandwich, but then again I ordered something called a pulled pork sandwich in a Belgian cafe; I should have known that wasn't going to be the best option. The lobster club was delicious and I really would like to try that burger.
Posted by JustinM at 1:04 PM