The Gulden Draak beer is reason enough to visit Delirium. This is my all-time favorite beer, and I haven’t seen it anywhere else in Tokyo. I’ve been to a few Belgian beer bars, always hoping to see it in the fridge, but until now I had never found it.
If you’ve never had a Gulden Draak, it’s been voted the best beer in the world a few times. The flavor is a bit like caramel and chocolate, with a bit of banana on the nose (at least that’s what it smells like to me). The alcohol is also higher at 10.5 percent. It tastes different than any other beer I’ve ever had. Delirium carries a 330ml bottle for 1250 yen and also a few bigger bottles. We also tried an Elephant Delirium beer (950 yen), which was also very good and fruity.
The food unfortunately is a different story. I’m a sucker for french fries with mayonnaise, and when at a Belgian place, I always order them with steamed mussels because it tastes so good. Delirium however managed to ruin this awesome combination by serving frozen fries that came out soggy (600 yen), and an insipid pot of steamed mussels (1300 yen). Bonus points go for the flavored mayos, but that hardly redeems the fries that I could have gotten at McDonalds for half the price. The duo of sausages with mustard (1200 yen) was better and went well with the beer.
The atmosphere is casual, and full of people enjoying a pint after work (which is exactly what I was doing). The service was also prompt and efficient. The Gulden Draak is reason enough for me to go back, but once you add food to the equation, better head to Cafe Hoegaarden where they get the beers and the food right.