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    La Brouette: Lovely Breakfast

    by cleocat Updated Jan 23, 2015

    Quite a busy little place but with a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Nice and warm inside and we had a table at the window wo we could see the horse carts and the people going about their business.

    Favorite Dish: They make great bacon omlettes

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    Le Cochon d'Or: Not too Great

    by cleocat Written Jan 22, 2015

    The service was quite pathetic. The restaurants were all quite busy, but this one has space. Should have known something was wrong. The waiter's English wasn't too good, but seeing it is a French/Flemish speaking country that is fine.

    The restaurant is quite small, but it took forever for the food to come. When we arrived some Italian people were complaining because they had to wait so long.

    Favorite Dish: Nothing. Gary ordered medium steak that was too rare. I had Paella which was ok but some of the calamari piece were so rubbery that you couldn't chew it. I complained about that and the owner/manager offered us some free drinks, which wasn't nice at all. That didn't help.

    Disappointing Le Cochon d'Or
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    Belga Queen: Our best dining experience in Brussels

    by MM212 Updated Jan 6, 2015

    For our last dinner in Brussels, we did a bit more research online and finally came up with Belga Queen. We had been determined to have an excellent meal in Brussels, having heard so much about its cuisine, yet seemed not have the best of luck with food. The fact that Belga Queen was located around the corner from our hotel and that they could accommodate us last minute certainly helped us make a quick decision, but it did seem to have good reviews. Here is my assessment: First, the decor is top, but that is not difficult given that it is housed in a Belle Epoque bank building with stunning original decor (see attached photo). The ambiance is definitely lively and trendy, especially with the sleek looking bar at the front. Lastly, the food turned out to be exquisite - it is definitely a Franco-Belgian menu, with many seafood options. Service was also excellent. So Brussels redeemed itself and we were quite pleased. Go Belga Queen!

    Belga Queen, Dec 2014
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    Taverne du Passage: Skip it!

    by MM212 Updated Jan 6, 2015

    On our first day in Brussels, only a couple of hours after arrival, we stumbled upon Taverne du Passage after glancing at several other unappealing lunch possibilities. We liked this one because of the white table cloth and the classic and eternal looking dining room, which led us to believe it would have to be an institution with good food to survive (it is located within les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert). Sadly, we were very disappointed with our food, even though I only ordered a simple escalope viennoise, which came out excessively greasy. It is our fault for not researching a lunch place in advance...

    Classic dining room, Dec 2014
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    Chocolatier Laurent Gerbaud: Chocolat chaud à l'ancienne

    by MM212 Updated Jan 6, 2015

    We were in desperate need of a good cup of chocolat chaud à l'ancienne to warm up while the outside temperature was -5C on 28th December 2014 and stumbled upon this chocolatier by chance. The chocolat chaud à l'ancienne is real melted hot chocolate, not the powdered stuff that is served at most places, which is inferior. Sure enough, this lovely chocolatier had exactly what we needed and it was quite tasty. They also make delicious chocolates of all kinds, which make a good gift to bring back home. The staff is extremely friendly too!

    Yummy Hot Chocolate, Dec 2014
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    Brasserie Midi Station: Close to the Brussels Midi Station

    by pieter_jan_v Written Aug 10, 2014

    Brasserie Midi Station is a modern business with an eatery for lunches and a la carte dinners, a cigar lounge, a cocktail bar and an outside terrace.

    It's a spacious place that can house up to a thousand guests.

    Business hours:
    Mo-Th: 10AM - 10PM
    Fr: 10AM - 11PM
    Sa-Su: Closed

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    Brasserie Europa: Stopover at Brussels Midi station

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 10, 2014

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    The Brasserie Europa (former SAS Brasserie) is a good place to go for some food and a drink if you have a train stopover of about 30 minutes or more.

    The place is frequented by local office workers for lunch.

    Favorite Dish: A light lunch.

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    Pizzeria Napoli: Central Pizza

    by antistar Written Aug 6, 2014

    This place does not look special. Scruffy, aging, partially hand-written menus lie on wobbly tables pushing out into Marche aux Herbes, just behind the main square. But the pizza here was actually really good, and at a price that is very reasonable given the location.

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    Alfama: A personal memory

    by solopes Written Jul 22, 2014

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    About 50 years ago, a boy my age, fled from Portugal to escape the war in Africa, finding work in a Brussels restaurant. Shortly after, he got sick with some severity, and his mother did not hesitate, moving to Brussels to his aid. Poor people, without resources, she managed to pay travel costs helping in the kitchen, so successfully that she remained in Brussels and, with hard work and competence, she became owner the restaurant.
    In 1971, about to go to war, I crossed the Pyrenees for the first time, with two friends, one of whom was already familiar with Europe. On the eve of the departure he bought in Alfama (Lisbon) a liter of "bagaço" a rough brandy that cost him 18$00 (€ 0.09), saying it was a gift to a friend in Brussels. Strange gift, I thought!
    Arriving in Brussels, my friend tried to find a lady friend who lived there. Obviously, the woman described in the introduction. Mama, as he called him, was already the owner of the restaurant Alfama, and welcomed us like family, giving us without hesitation an apartment on the first floor of the restaurant. He offered her the bottle, and, for my surprise, it was really a good gift – that night she was already selling it to the immigrants, glad to pay 30$00 for a small cup of that true spirit from the distant Portugal.
    For a week we lived and eat there, with the lady always refusing any form of payment, even from us, the unknown two other boys.
    She justified herself saying that she had all the money she should need, feeling rich, and couldn’t accept the idea of receiving money from friends of friends, who ran a tight budget carefully. However, her routine was frightening: working in the kitchen until about 3AM, sleeping a couple of hours in a chair that was there, to, at 6AM, proceed to the market, to be serving sandwiches before 8. She only went home and to bed once or twice a week, but she was really happy.

    Why this long story?

    Because “Mama” became my reference in Brussels, the Alfama my mandatory restaurant, paying as a normal customer, of course.
    We were there in my family’s visit, and we went there again, now with friends, to have the shock of seeing everything closed and in ruins.
    I made no questions - surely “Mama” died, and, as she WAS the restaurant, it died with her.
    So, you will not be allowed to share the excellent Mama’s delicacies, but, if by miracle, you see it open again, go inside – maybe a new boy or lady inherited grand mama’s talent – and… let me know!

    Alfama - Brussels

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    La Papaye Verte: Thai food in town

    by Gyppo Updated Mar 23, 2014

    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 only 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.

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    Yaki: Thai-Viet in big portions

    by Gyppo Written Mar 23, 2014

    A small restaurant with only about 30 covers. The food is mainly Thai, with some Vietnamese and Japanese. In addition to the named dishes, they do pad thai, fried rice, white rice, sukiyaki and red, yellow and green curry with various meats, fishes or vegetables. Big portions - one of my friends only had a starter and it was pretty substantial; my main meal was very filling. Décor is the usual Buddhas and river scenes. Staff started out by completely ignoring us (a common theme of Brussels restaurants), but warmed up. Thai, Vietnamese and Belgian beers; we didn't try the wine which was unnamed red, white, rose or lychee. No napkins, which was a little odd.

    Favorite Dish: I had the egg fried rice with tofu. It was good after adding a little Sriracha!

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    Exki: Good sandwiches, OK salads

    by Gyppo Updated Mar 23, 2014

    Exki 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.

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    Chez Kimchi: Korean BBQ

    by Gyppo Written Mar 9, 2014

    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!

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    La Fattoria Del Chianti: Simple Italian done well

    by Gyppo Written Mar 5, 2014

    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.

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    Bois Savanes In Town: Thai in the EU quarter

    by Gyppo Written Mar 5, 2014

    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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