Chez Kimchi: Korean BBQ
Chez Kimchi is a Korean barbeque restaurant. Some of the tables have little hotplates integrated for cooking meat and veg at the table. Staff are friendly and attentive enough. The décor is entertaining, including dolls on every table and a fish tank. They serve a range of wine (quite expensive) and a few European beers along with one Korean beer. Portion size isn't very big for the money, but not tiny either.
Favorite Dish: We ordered the tofu with spicy sauce and the vegetable bibimbap - then mixed them together to share; and improve both!
La Fattoria Del Chianti: Simple Italian done well
Fattoria has three venues in Brussels. I've only been to the one near my office. It's usually busy, which reflects its quality. None of the dishes available are very complex, but they're cooked well. The restaurant has an authentic feel to it, and the waiters are surprisingly friendly for a popular place in this area. Book ahead.
Favorite Dish: Ricotta ravioli with sage and butter. Subtle (which is odd for me) and simple.
Bois Savanes In Town: Thai in the EU quarter
Bois Savanes is a very polished, small restaurant in the European area. It's interestingly decorated - as well as the expected statues, the walls have carved Thai writing. It's very popular, so you must book during lunchtimes. Slightly dubious waiting staff who lean over too close to you to rearrange things on and around your table (like the flowers in the window) don't detract from the experience too much. The food is good but not great, and is what you'd expect from a Thai place.
Favorite Dish: I had the vegetable green curry. My companion liked her prawn yellow curry.
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Tartine et Moi et Pâtes et Vous: Fresh sandwiches
Tartine et Moi et Pâtes et Vous is a quirkily named little sandwich shop. As well as the name, it's also notable for the slightly macabre Pinocchio hanging from the sign. We use these guys to cater for our meetings, sometimes. They do a range of quiches and pasta, plus freshly made sandwiches with the usual fish, meat and cheese fillings.
Favorite Dish: I like a blue cheese, apple and walnut sandwich from here. Very rich.
Best Kebap Pizza: The end of an evening
I'm a big fan of a falafel kebab (sadly in more ways than one, perhaps in a circular reference). Best Kebap (curious spelling; I think Americans even spell it kabob. Anyway...) and Pizza is just around the corner from the central Brussels bars, and they do a good falafel and frites kebab for €5. I've ended my night there a few times. Samourai sauce, in case you're interested.
I really can't believe this place has a website, but there it is.
Favorite Dish: Felafel, frites, sweetcorn, carrots, samourai. Sweet and spicy.
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La Papaye Verte: Thai food in town
This restaurant looks slightly shabbier than the one next door, but has slightly better food so I tend to go here. It has the usual range of Thai food you'd expect - meats, fish and a handful of vegetarian choices.
The service is fine, but tails off a bit when it's busy (fair enough) as there's usually one cook and one waiter. The food is freshly prepared (sometimes on a neighbouring table!).
Favorite Dish: Green vegetable curry - it's made with these caper-like flower buds which really soak up the spice. My friend really enjoyed her fish pad thai time we were there.
TradiNatura: Slow food...
This restaurant sells a wide variety of food, from basic pastas and salads to quiches and galettes and on to African dishes. The restaurant focuses on eco-friendly food and has a lot of choice for vegetarians. It also specialises in ice cream and smoothies/milkshakes.
The service is very slow and it takes an age to arrive, but when it does, most of it is worth the wait.
The restaurant's interior is a bit bland, with your classic National Geographic pictures on the wall and music to match.
Disabled people - please note the toilets are down quite steep stairs.
Favorite Dish: The ice cream is great, and comes in a lot of flavours you either don't often get anywhere (eg violet), or in Brussels (mint choc chip!). Milkshakes are good too, but you don't get much for the money, sadly.
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SMOODS: Eating in Hotel Bloom
I arrived at the hotel later than expected after going straight to the meeting at the offices of Stibbe. It was wet and cold, and I did not feel like leaving the hotel.
Thus I ate at SMOODS!
Favorite Dish: wonderful steak!
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Exki: Good sandwiches, OK salads
Ekxi is a chain of sandwich shops across Brussels and Belgium. It does a wide range of salads (usually named after islands), sandwiches (usually named after girls' names), pastries and quiches including a good choice for vegetarians. This changes regularly, and they have a 'flavour of the month' which normally gets its own featured sandwich and sneaks into a few others.
They also have a breakfast serving - breads, cheese, jams etc., plus they do pretty good coffee.
It's a little expensive, particularly for soft drinks.
Favorite Dish: I like 'Carlotta' at the moment - cheese and carrot on brown with a mustard dressing. 'Curcubita Maxima' (I think latin for squash) is a good option when it's available - cheese and pumpkin.
Mamma Roma: Pizza with scissors
Mamma Roma is a chain of pizza places with six restaurants in Brussels (which now, brilliantly, does delivery). You choose your pizza types from the range available which changes fairly regularly, and they cut a bit off with scissors. You're then charged for the weight of pizza; they cook it for you. It's great for sharing as you can pick a few types between you.
At lunch time, they offer a deal of 2 slices of pizza and a glass of wine/soft drink for €8, which is great value.
Favorite Dish: The potato and truffle pizza bianca is delicious, but sells out quickly. Get at least one of these if you can!
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Au Bon Bol: Authentic feeling Asian place
This place feels like a small Chinese restaurant somewhere in KL, for some reason. Maybe it's the slightly brusque staff, or the condiments on the table, or the choice of Tsingtao or Tiger. I don't know, but I like it. As you walk in, the open kitchen is on your right. I like to eat upstairs.
The food is well-cooked, basic Chinese - standard selection of rice and noodles, boiled, fried, soup etc. Mains cost €10 and under, starters €5 and under.
Favorite Dish: The fried noodles with vegetables - add a bit of Sriracha and it's excellent.
Chi-Chi's: Disappointing Tex-Mex
Chain feel, reminiscent of Chilis (I've just looked it up, and Chi-Chi's was a US chain which went out of business in the States around the time they were responsible for a Hep A outbreak!) . However, the food isn't as good... It suffers the usual Brussels problem of not being spicy or flavoursome enough, although with an awful lot of prompting you can get the staff to bring more chillies. Also, who cooks lettuce into an oven-cooked burrito?
There's an all-you-can-eat buffet for €12.50; happy hour is between 15.00 and 18.00 for deals on cocktails.
Favorite Dish: The quesadilla was OK.
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Darjeeling Restaurant: Tasty Indian Tucker in Euro Quarter
Friendly owners, two brothers, possibly from Bangladesh. since most of the Indian Restos seem to be owned by Bangladeshis..
nice ambience, rather neutral, no overbearingly Indian motif
Favorite Dish: I ordered the Lunch Plate which was
10 euro for food , 5 euro for water and tea..
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Cool Bun: Good burger range
Cool Bun is an upmarket burger restaurant. It is a small place behind the Berlaymont building. It serves a range of beefburgers, with one vegetarian option, and one each of chicken and fish. It has a good wine list. Staff are friendly and will accommodate changes.
Favorite Dish: I didn't actually like the falafel burger that much - it was dry and the tahini sauce overpowering. However, my companion thought his mini-burger combo (choose 3 from the majority of the list) was good, preferring the beef over the fish and chicken but enjoying them all.Related to:
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Karsmakers: Best coffee and service in Brussels
Best coffee I've had here, and probably the best service of Brussels cafes. Good bagels, if a little expensive, very nice cake. Pleasant place to spend time - I tend to use it for meetings with other Eurocrats. It has a conservatory which is very cold (and usually closed) in winter, very hot in summer!
My favourite place to go during the day - if I worked nearer I'd spend a lot of cash here.
Favorite Dish: Goat's cheese, tomato and rocket bagel. It's about 8€, but it's worth it. Slightly spicy, full of flavour.
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