What is the best Belgian Restaurant Downtown and on another note what is the best Themed Restaurant?
My Birthday is in two weeks and I want to celebrate by having lunch at an authentic Belgian restaurant which serves great mussels and has imported fruit beers and for dinner I want to go to a lively restaurant like one with drag queen cabaret or belly-dancers. Any tips on either?
I wouldn't recommend the Fat Belgian. We went once and got mediocre food and terrible service. Another friend of mine also had bad service, and I think I remember reading a review on Chowhound that was even worse. Good beers, but not much else. Isn't there a Belgian place on the Danforth that's supposed to be good?
Oh that's too bad, I've been meaning to check it out because I miss the Belgian-style moules et frites I used to have at Cafe Brussels.
Actually, that's probably the place on the Danforth you're thinking of -- Cafe Brussels, closed two years ago or so, I think. Where Globe Bistro is now located.
I can't totally vouch for 100% "authenticity" but Le Petite Dejeuner on King East has quite a few Belgian inspired items on the menu (frites, waffles, mussels) as well as some Belgian beers (Leffe, De Konink) in tap and bottle. I've always found it to be a cozy little place with good food and decent service; I notice other's opinions seem to vary. On weekends there is only a very crowded all-day brunch though. The website is at http://www.petitdejeuner.ca -- though the menu links seem busted at the moment.
A short walk from there is the Sultan's Tent at Front & Church, which has bellydancers, though I've heard it is something of a tourist trap with mediocre "Moroccan" food.
Le Petit Dejeuner
191 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J5, CA
I know that beerbistro is not an authentic Belgian restaurant but along with their usual mussels that they always have on the menu they have a mussel fest on right now from Feb 19 to Mar 16. They also make excellent Belgian Frites and have many really good Belgian beers available including a large variety of fruit beers! You will definitely LOVE the beerbistro!!! Website: http://www.beerbistro.com/home.htm