Fish, Mussels & Seafood, Brussels

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    Fish, Mussels & Seafood: Tourist menus near the Grand Place

    by toonsarah Written Mar 4, 2007

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    To the north of the Grand Place is a maze of narrow streets devoted apparently to just one purpose, namely feeding tourists. I was reminded of the Latin Quarter in Paris, but here in Brussels the competition to get tourists inside seemed even more intense, and the different restaurants even less varied. The main features were a striking display of seafood outside, and a cheap but very limited menu (or in a few, a choice of menus). Of course you can also choose a la carte, but then the prices are much higher. The menus are certainly good value if you’re on a budget, ranging from 12 EUR to 18 EUR when we were there in early 2007.

    We wanted a quick meal before heading for the station to catch our train so we tried one of these restaurants. The food was OK and the service speedy but there wasn’t a lot of choice (and none at all for dessert). I didn’t note the name of the restaurant but I really think there’s very little to choose between them all – just pick any one where you can see something you like the sound of on the menu!

    Seafood display

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    Restaurant Vincent: Fish, Mussels & Seafood

    by Suet Updated Oct 18, 2004

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    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.....

    Head Waiter and staff

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    Fish, Mussels & Seafood: Huge variety of fish restaurants!

    by irisbe Written Nov 3, 2004

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    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.

    Place Ste Catherine with fish restaurants

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    Restaurant Van Dyck: In the shadow of Grand Place

    by csordila Updated Nov 20, 2008

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    Rue des Bouchers, Petite Rue des Bouchers, Rue de la Fourche Petite and Rue Gretry are basically a strip of more than 70 restaurants; most of them are seafood restaurants that give a unique flair to the area. Most restaurants have sidewalk tables, but because there are no sidewalks they are simply set out in the street. They are generally small and inexpensive, many with but a few tables. It’s a great place to get good food and a great place to people-watch!

    Favorite Dish: I always try the local cuisine. And yes, from time to time in Belgium I love to eat a typical "Rue des Bouchers" dish like the famous Bouillabaisse, the expensive version of the provençal fish soup, with langoustine.
    You can taste also other fine dishes such as mussels steamed in wine, or "Anguilles au vert", which is eels in a green sauce and endives braised under a layer of cheese and ham. But Bouillabaisse with a free bottle of wine.................!!! Unbeatable!

    Rue des Bouchers - Le Van Dijek Rue de la Fourche Petite Seafood A great place to people-watch!

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    La Belg' Epoque: French Food

    by Suet Written Oct 18, 2004

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    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.....

    Hubby in the Restaurant

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    Bij den Boer: Fish, Mussels & Seafood

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 31, 2003

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    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"

    Bij den Boer
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    Beenhouwersstraat - Butcher Street: Rue des Bouchers

    by penumbra Written Dec 1, 2006

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    The narrow streets north of the Grand Place are filled with restaurants. Too small for cars, the streets are lined with tables sheltered by awnings. Often the food is displayed in showcases to tempt the passing traveler to partake of hearty fare. If that isn’t sufficient, waiters work the crowds to further entice pedestrians and make a difficult decision nearly impossible.

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    Several restaurants in the above area: On Ste-Catherine, Fish market area: Seafood & fish

    by Norali Updated Jul 2, 2004

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    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 ).

    March�� aux poissons' restaurants, sorry guy!

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    by LysDor Updated Mar 9, 2005

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    Just next to Rugbyman 1 there is this fancy looking restaurant which turned out to be more like a brasserie-type than a white tablecloth style one.
    The menu is mainly fish and different size lobsters!

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    Fish, Mussels & Seafood: Best Seafood (and food in general) I've ever had

    by Mwildrick Written Mar 9, 2005

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    Restaraunts in Brussels are amazing!! There is a strip of about 30 of them, each with specials and all the waiters wait outside (and speak about 10 different languages) and try to get you to come in. The food was cheap (19 euro's I think for several courses and a free beer), the waiters friendly, and the atmosphere was enjoyable. I was there in march and they had heaters outside to keep their customers warm. Honestly, if you want to eat the best food in europe, do yourself a favor and go to brussels

    Favorite Dish: I had the mussles in a white sauce. Very very very good. My friend though had flounder or salmon or some kind of fish with some sort of a honey-bourbon sauce and honestly, when i took a bite of it my body entered a heaven-like state, my mouth collapsed like i just swallowed an orgasm pill and i experienced true euphoria. Anyone who likes seafood, or food in general you can't go wrong in brussels.

    Dinner with my friends

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    Fish, Mussels & Seafood: Don't miss the fresh seafood !

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 28, 2003

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    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!

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    Fish, Mussels & Seafood: Picturesque street full of restaurants!

    by SnoopySue Written Aug 24, 2004

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    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!


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    Rugbyman #2: Seafood restaurant

    by ATLC Written May 6, 2013

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    There are a whole lot of seafood restaurants on the Quai aux Briques and we chose this one because it has a nice 3 course lunch menu for 23 euro.
    The restaurant overlooks a lovely square flanked by the St. Catherine's church. The metro stop is about 50 metres away and the Grand Place perhaps 10 minute walk.

    On a sunny day, it is wonderful to enjoy lunch outside.
    The service is excellent, almost classic with real linen on the table.
    When outside, it's also fun to watch people while you eat.

    We did not have time to enjoy the ultimate luxury of other seafood such as lobster. I did eye my neighbour's plate and it looked really good.

    Favorite Dish: The 3 course lunch menu for 23 euro was a starter of shrimp croquette or fish soup. Both of good quality ingredients and well made.
    Main was a generous fish brochette (skewer) on top of some sauteed leek, onion and carrot with a garlic mayonaise and potato gratin.
    For dessert either a sorbet or chocolate mousse. The mousse turned out to be a white and a dark chocolate mousse with a vanilla sauce (real vanilla!). Interestingly, the dark chocolate mousse and vanilla sauce were hardly sweet at all. Very nice against the sweet white chocolate.
    With coffee we could help ourselves to some delicious wafer thin cookies. Very tempting.

    Including wine, soda and coffee we paid 62.50 euro.

    Chocolate mousse  - Fish skewer - Fish soup - Shrimp croquette - The Quai aux Briques, Brussels
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    Seafood restaurant at Rue del Bouchers: Mussels

    by Aitana Written Dec 4, 2011

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    Rue del Bouchers is a centric street, parallel to Grassmarkt street. All the restaurants throughout the street offer mussels as a star dish. There is not much variation in price, but we realized that the size of the casserole does change, increasing as you walk down the street. We finally chose one restaurant and ordered two different casseroles: mussels with provenzal sauce and mussels with wine, both with French fries, of course. The mussels were quite small, but the casserole was big enough and they were tasty.

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    La Moule Sacree: Delicious and well priced

    by jlynyc Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A great experience at a reasonable price, just off the Grand Place. We ended up at this restaurant thanks to the suggestion of a lovely bartender from the tavern across the street (Au Brasseur - also worth checking out!). The night we were there, a local private boys school was holding a dinner of some sort where there was lots of singing, chanting and celebration - apparently the initiation/welcoming of the new class of students. It was loud, but fun to witness. The waitstaff was helpful, friendly and attentive.

    The menu was full of Belgian style dishes, leaning toward French. Lots of seafood options. Everything we tried was delicious.

    Favorite Dish: We tried the frog legs, escargots, cheese croquettes, and moules and frites.

    great food and service

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