Bernal foodies, our long neighborhood nightmare of moule frites deprivation will soon come to a close. No longer will we have to venture beyond the comfortable confines of Bernal Heights to get a moule frites fix, because Tablehopper reports that the folks behind the wonderful Pi Bar plan to remedy Bernal’s moule frites deficit by opening Bel, a new Belgian restaurant, on Mission at Valencia:
Liquor license activity reveals a new taker for the former Locavore space on Mission in Bernal: Richard Rosen, one of the partners are Pi Bar in the Mission. We had a chance to catch up with Rosen on the phone, and he confirms that he is working on the new spot. It will be called ~BEL~ and is all about Belgian food and beer. He says it will be a full-service café, inspired by the sidewalk cafés of cities like Brussels and Bruges. The beverage selection will focus on beers (obvs), many of them Belgian, but you’ll also find Belgian-style beers from other parts of the world, and some local options with different flavor profiles.
In the food department, look for traditional Belgian dishes like moules frites and a California take on the Belgian shrimp croquette, but made with local crab. Rosen will serve as the chef and is looking toward early spring 2014 to open.
PS: While it’s not a proper moule frites, it should be noted that the skillet-roasted mussels at the Old Clam House on Bayshore are a satisfying stopgap alternative.