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October 9, 2013

Café Leopold Delivers Food, But We Get More Waffle Over Wafels…

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After our first failed attempt at ordering Belgium Waffles back in Lochristi, https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/category/belgium/lochristi/  and in an effort to find something that our fussy children will eat, we make our way down the row of Cafés lining the side of the large square called ‘t Zand in Bruges checking out all of the  menu boards on display.

Finally at the fountain end of the square we found one called Café Leopold that looked like it fitted the bill. Velveteen is especially delighted to see several of the cafés advertising boards with the word “wafel” on them and since it’s now so late that many other establishments are closing for the day, we hurry in before this one too announces that the kitchen is closing.

There are some other customers in the place when we arrive, but they are finishing their meals and once they depart we have the place to ourselves.

The waiter arrives at the table where we place  our dinner orders in Dutch and Velvetine excitedly places her dinner order in English, enthusiastically adding  with a large smile “and I already know I’ll be having wafels for dessert please!” The waiter gave her a deadpan look back and flatly replied back in English: ” That’s not possible, there are no wafels after six o’clock”.

We are all stunned into a temporary silence… What?!!! First there are no waffles before two in the afternoon and now there are none after six in the evening.

Ok.. if we had been in a small Belgium village I’d understand, but this is “tourist-trap-Bruges”and surely what the tourist-who-brings-their-money-wants, the tourist-who-brings-their-money-should-get, especially if it’s advertised on no less than three menu boards outside and is a food item that Belgium is famous for… no???

Himself and I ask in Dutch if it’s really not possible for our visitor all the way from Singapore please and are met with the same flat unyielding response “no waffles after six in the evening”.

It’s the topic of conversation at out table after the waiter left as we ponder the seemingly unbreakable Belgium policy of waffles only being available between two in the afternoon and six in the evening. Since we are here in Bruges all day tomorrow, we decide that we will have to make it a priority to order a waffle during the “permitted” hours.

Our dinner duly arrives and is actually delicious, I have a salad with endive, Little Mr. has a croque-monsieur (toasted sandwich), Velveteen and Kiwi Daughter opt for lasagne, and Himself for a board with bread, salad and ham. I am so intrigued by the Framboise (raspberry) beer on the menu, that I decide to forgo my Tramadol medication in order to try it.  Because of this medication I have not dunk any alcohol since my accident, so this is the first (and only) exception even until the present day. The beer was certainly delicious, but I did regret it later since the pain of walking around didn’t make for a good night’s sleep later on.

Himself went for a Kriek beer, and the kids for hot chocolates and ice cream deserts. Despite missing out on our wafels, we enjoyed our meal very much, and with full stomachs we took our tired selves back to the hotel for the night.

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