If you can afford to spend a little it more then you can go to the Ste Catherina Square.
The Church in the background makes a lovely decor for the many terasses, crowded in Summer time.
Pubs you will hardly find on this square as most are fish restaurants.
Favorite Dish: They offer several possibilities:
a la carte or a menu
depending from what you chose, the price will vary but you won't for sure find anything less then 20 Euro's, it will rather be around 30 Euro.
After a hard week's work, the team celebrated with a meal in this restaurant.... I was struck by the tiling and the large globe lights... it certainly wasn't the cosiest restaurant, looking rather like a public convenience, but the food was wonderful.
The strange thing was that you had to enter the restaurant through the kitchens....
Favorite Dish: I just love the mussels... these were aux escargots which meant that there were no snails in them, but they were cooked in garlic butter just like snails... they added a touch of finely shredded cheese on the top which just finished the dish off nicely.
The chef's special was Steak au Poivre which was a very tender piece of beef with a stunning pepper sauce. The African Professor from Dar es Salaam was so impressed with this sauce I had to give him the recipe, then he wanted another for a pasta sauce.... I had visions of him taking over his wife's kitchen upon his return so show off his new skills...
The whole cost of the meal, including two rather stunning wines was 250 Euros or therabouts for 6 people..... it's definitely the drinks that bump up the prices in the restaurants.....
I l iked the fire on a cold evening which is why we chose this place. It was empty as well which meant no smokers and I hoped a fast service. We were somewhat neglected by the waiter which was a shame as he was rather good looking... sigh....
Food was good, not overly priced, I had the mussels and a rather nice fish dish.....
Definitly designed for tourists, this Brussels street close to Grand Place offers good choice of seefod. Since I prefer places occupied by local people I have decided to take only the glass of wine there!
This tip is especially made to identify nice spots to eat seafood, rather than falling into tourist traps like Ilôt sacré restaurants.
I've eaten in some Ste-Catherine and Marché aux poissons seafood restaurants and like all of them. No name in particular. Wouldn't that be any excuse to return there and fetch the names and re-experience them? :)))
Remember: seafood is certainly NOT in Rue des bouchers. Those restaurants have some quite trouble with hygiene.. yet, they attract lots of tourists... hence the name of "tourist traps" :)))
Favorite Dish: However, I remember appreciating Smoked salmon, cooked salmon.
Belgium is also known for its Croquettes de crevettes ( Shrimp croquettes ).
Whenever going here, ask for a table on the small terrace, so that you can observe the passers-by while you enjoy an enormous dish of seafrood, a never seen MIX of OYSTERS, MUSSELS, COCKELS AND GIANT SHRIMPS.
On the menu there are also BOUILLABAISSE, MUSSELS AU-GRATIN, COD, SALMON AND OTHER FISH.
Favorite Dish: You can even order PAELLA, the fantastic Spanish Dish!!!!!!
People who don't love/like fish will have to look for another place, a steakhouse or something like that..
OPEN: DAILY 11AM - MIDNIGHT
HERE TOO: MAKE RESERVATIONS......
Walking on a street full of restaurants close to Grand Place (Rue des Bouchers) I noticed a lot of fresh seafood there.
Brussels is famous for mussels (mules) which are prepared in different ways at numerous seafood restaurants. Don't miss them. Hmm... I would add french (or rather Belgian) fries and good white wine or Belgian beer to them. Btw I heard that French fries were invented in Belgium and should be called Belgium fries hehe.
Other seafood? I would love cooked or smoked salmon or famous Belgian Croquettes de crevettes ( Shrimp croquettes).
Favorite Dish: Seafood!
The interior is unique.Old fashioned tables and chairs - a corner on the left showing a picture how the restaurant was many years ago.And this corner looks still the same.
Visitors are locals and typical BXL
Favorite Dish: Seafood - and this in BXL !!
Mussels in a sauce of gallic - scampis - a good bottle of "Chateau Guibon" and a bottle of San Pellegrino - café Ristretto !
All this at table 27
"Merci de votre visite"
Near the grande place there are these back alleys that are rows and rows of restaurants, mostly seafood. I'm not a seafood fan, but apparently belgian seafood is good. Get the mules (muscles)! It is a really cool atmosphere... sorry I don't have better directions.
Take a small road from the Grand Market and you will find yourself surrounded by restaurants offereing fresh seafood and mussels. During summer you can sit outside and watch a lot of poeple and enjoy the atmosphere.
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