Liège Largess

Belgian endeavor

But the croquettes de crevettes, crispy fritters with an interior of shrimp bisque, brandy and roux, were amazing, like deep-fried globs of warm shrimp pudding. Same for the coquilles ostendaise, scallops cooked in a cheese béchamel. The salads, too, intrigued the palate. I greedily devoured the salade tomates crevettes, with its shrimp and its cognac mayonnaise. Ditto the salade Liègeoise, with green beans, hard-boiled egg, tomatoes, mixed greenery, and lardons.

Geuskens provides a handful of Belgian beers, but it's really the beer cocktails, like Stella Artois and Pepsi, Stella and grenadine, or Stella and crème de menthe, that are revelations. Who'd fathom that Stella and Pepsi would taste so refreshing? Those nutty Belgians, apparently.

"The chef is always right!" Or so say the French, and apparently the Belgians, too. Here, Trent-Cinq 35's chef/owner Lionel Geuskens indicates his philosophy in the kitchen.
Jackie Mercandetti
"The chef is always right!" Or so say the French, and apparently the Belgians, too. Here, Trent-Cinq 35's chef/owner Lionel Geuskens indicates his philosophy in the kitchen.

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Trente Cinq35

2333 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006-1607

Category: Restaurant > Belgian

Region: Central Phoenix

Details

Carbonade Flamande: $18

Moules au vin blanc: $16

Salade Liègeoise: $9

Mousse au chocolat: $6 602-254-0244. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.

2333 North Seventh Street

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Happy endings of note included the tres-sticky triple chocolate mousse, the flan with pralines, and the fruit tartelette. All exceptional. But that mousse of white, milk, and dark chocolates, one atop the other in layers? Fellas, this is the sort of confection ladies swoon over. I know. I watched the two with me do just that as they spooned that goo from a dessert glass. A Belgian aphrodisiac? Dear me, I'll never tell.

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