Friday, August 16, 2013

Fritland - (Brussels, Belgium)

 Belgian frites or fries are famous all over the world,  it was said that the French Shoestring Fries was an adoption of their neighboring country’s earlier invention.   Apparently back in the days,  fries in Belgium were universally fried in Beef Tallow  (and so were fries in McDonald’s).   Yet much like the fries in France are becoming less and less common to be fried in duck or goose fat nowadays for cost and health reasons,  most of the fries I ate in Belgium during this trip didn’t seem to carry any beef tallow flavour at all anymore either..



Menu -
I discovered this time that Brussels speaks predominantly French everywhere.   The Flemish/Dutch language seems to be taking a backdrop nowadays…   The items here were named differently in French but truth be told,  a lot of the food here are virtually the same as one finds in Amsterdam bar the naming differences.  Lots and lots of fried food is definitely common between the neighboring countries



Belgian Fries from a local fritkot,  avec sauce Euro 3,20 -
This shop Fritland was established in 1978 although there seems to be quite a number of famous fritkots in town,  and Fritland receives a very high review score online and seemed overwhelmingly popular here with their long queues.   Good scores online or queues doesn’t mean much to me -  I have just got to taste it, right?  *Glutton mode on.     The fries here were dry and fluffy,  and also crispy on the outside,  not bad for Double Fried chippies.   However,  I did found a potato taste present yet it was borderline detectable,  plus on top of that the Mayonnaise could do with a tad more egginess taste.  This was fairly good mind you but I have simply had better especially from Holland side which some fries could make you cry in ecstasy like you cannot imagine.      ~  8/10



Fries were Crispy,  Fluffy & Floury -
Yet they had no beef tallow aroma nor an abundance of potato taste either,  the mayo was also quite good rather than great quality.    It is above normal standards here without doubt,  it’s just that I have had better overall packages to compare it with within the region.  



Traveling past Belgium - This wasn’t to be my only Fries experience obviously 
But on the whole I was pleased but not impressed with the fries I had encountered on this trip  - which is opposite to my amazing Waffle journeys here.   This was still very good by any standards but I just cannot forget those wowing moments when I bite into amazing fries in Amsterdam or in France, or even in Melbourne or simply my own home-made versions.   However for only 3,20 Euros with a big dollop of Mayo sauce included,  you shouldn’t really complain for a very handy street food!



Price:   Euro 3,20
Ease of Access:  4/5  (Walk downhill from Brussels Central Station)
Food:  ♕♕♕♕ to ♕♕♕♕ 1/2

Opening Hours:
Mon to Thurs – 11:00am to 13:00pm
Fri to Sat – 11:00am to 16:00pm

Address: Rue Henri Maus 49, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Ph: +32 2 514 06 27

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