Yes, it’s French for American but is also a dish – steak tartare à la mode belgique. Most if not all brasseries in Brussels offer this dish as their house specialty. The more reputable restaurants grind the meat to order.
So what exactly is l’Américain? It’s minced beef with condiments – raw onions, pickled onions, gherkins, capers, raw egg yolk, mayo, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, salt, pepper and consumed with a mound of fries.
This mixture is also a popular sandwich spread in Belgium, sometimes called “Martino”.
Hm, 3.5 years of happy memories there reduced to a food pic!