Local Heart, Global Soul

May 31, 2013

Lifting The Lid On Something Totally Unexpected For Lunch…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This post relates to a trip some weeks ago when Himself and I took a friend of ours to the Belgian city of Mechelen to help with an urgent personal matter.

We have to get everything done today with reasonable speed and get back to the Netherlands  by early afternoon because otherwise our children will be finishing school and will be wondering where on earth their parents have disappeared to.

(We did arrange backup with other friends in case we got delayed in traffic or unforeseen circumstances but I’d taken some annual leave the week we went,  and had made  other promises to the kids too so it was preferable to get back on time if we could).

The business end of things went relatively fast today (compared to the previous trip we made a few weeks earlier in the pouring rain when our friend was made to wait ages in more than one establishment even though she had previously arranged appointments).

Since it was a stunning day today we decided to have a very quick lunch and a better look around the city centre  in the sunshine as we made our way back to where the car was parked and then headed to the motorway again.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We stumbled on a little area full of cafés and restaurants with outside tables in a picturesque area by Vismarkt. There wasn’t really time to look at the various menu’s, our choice was made more by trying to stay upwind from little gaggles of dining smokers.

All of us were rather thirsty by this time and ordered cold drinks,  then opened the menu and were surprised to see only a very short range of menu choices: pretty much all of them being tagine.

After recovering from the shock that there was nothing like a sandwich on offer we settled into the idea that having a tagine for lunch might not be a bad idea at all.

Himself likes a hearty breakfast and if he eats warm in the middle of the day he would very much to have accompanied his meal with a very nice local beer (lots of that available in Belgium!) or a glass of wine, but being by necessity the only driver amongst us, and by far the least hungry, he opted to pass on food and went for  tea and a little of our bread instead.

Our friend and I were hungry though, so ordered a vegetable and chicken tagine respectively and after a short wait were each presented with single serve tagines containing our meals. Yikes, these containers were hot… literally fresh from the oven, and the steam poured off for ages, making for impatient photo taking.

Due to our time constraints I didn’t even remember to photograph the menu for the name of the place,  ( the waiter had removed the menu’s before I had my wits about me). I did ask for a business card but they didn’t have one and so I didn’t even get the name. I can tell you though that it’s the red/brown place with four upstairs windows and  red tiled roof in my photographs, so a description will have to do.

It was not overly spicy, but also not bland and we each enjoyed our meals. We agreed afterwards that whilst we liked what we ate, the unexpectedness of the menu had caught us off guard and eating this at a leisurely pace would have been far more enjoyable.

However, we had already  made  wish-list of what we want to do with our short remaining time and in order to achieve it we needed to rush lunch. It’s a pity we didn’t really do it justice.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. You’ve made me hungry. I’m off to make some more pumpkin soup…

    Comment by kiwiskan — May 31, 2013 @ 3:13 am | Reply

  2. OMG, that looks delicious!!!
    I recently got a tagine recipe book from a friend from Belgium, I have yet to make my first attempt, but for that I gotta get the tagine.
    Have a good weekend

    Comment by Doggy's Style — May 31, 2013 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

    • Doggy,
      It was delicious but our speed eating it burning hot and steaming didn’t really do the flavours justice… YES do get a tagine, if you have any choices get a larger one, I got on as a gift but it’s tiny and often we cook something amazing and there are minuscule portions and no seconds!

      Comment by kiwidutch — June 3, 2013 @ 8:20 am | Reply

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