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Dragon City

Posted by rachelinbxl on October 17, 2010

Once a year, Belgium has Resto Days. This year 200 restaurants offered lunch at 21 Euros or dinner at 28 euros instead of their usual price (which varies). Bookings for the Michelin starred restaurants must be made very far in advance, so I chose a less well known place with availability. La Cite du Dragon in Uccle is a crazy kitsch palace near the Foret de Soignes with dragons, lions and fountains out the front. The menu available for restodays was a mixed starter plate – of various seafood. The scallop was excellent, the unidentified substance with prawns in the tomato was suspicious, and the crunchy parcel was interesting. The spicy sauce was just right. The plate was a good meal opener, varied but not too filling.

The entreeDuck with pineapple and ginger

The duck with pineapple and slightly cured ginger was excellent, but a very heavy plate. The bass was served on ‘waves’ of cucumber, wrapped around asparagus and served with orange mustard. The flavours were delicate and the textures amazing. But this dish was less filling (lucky I could share the duck). All the dishes were presented beautifully on fantastic plates.

Bass with orange mustardCreme brulee au jasmin with yuzu sorbet

They saved the best for last though – jasmine flavour creme brulee and yuzu sorbet. The jasmine flavour was subtle and more of an aftertaste than a flavour onslaught. The yuzu sorbet was a taste explosion that made the creme brulee pale in comparison, but they actually went very well together.

The service was incredibly attentive without being overdone. The restaurant has carp swimming under the floor in the main foyer and an outside pool area that you can wander. It’s a huge place with lots of glass windows and impressive toilets. Apparently there is a buffet Fridays and Sundays for 25 euros. Maybe I’ll check it out now I’ve seen the quality of the food.

La Cite du Dragon
1024 Chaussee de Waterloo

Food: B
Atmosphere: B
Service: A
Price: B
Languages: French, English

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