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The CLUB HOUSE: a relaxing and FANCY Sunday brunch!
It was time to eat, but too late for breakfast itself and too early for a real lunch, so my dear friend and host pointed us in the direction of THE CLUB HOUSE. Out of the way, I'd say, you have to turn down a courtyard off of the street, but once you're inside, you know you made the right choice. Very clean lines and modern decor, it's not like what we'd find here in the States...three cheers for that, I say! Meats, cheeses, salads, fruits, pastries, juices, crepes, I know I'm missing something, but the buffet selections for brunch were spectacular. Check out the website for more colorful details...
Other Belgian: Le hasard des choses
I went there with a group of 10+ persons, though it was perfect, it was a little bit like being an olifant in a porcelain store...
The restaurant is tiny with an intimate atmosphere, this would be the perfect place for lovers...
Favorite Dish: The food is awesome, this is typically what we could call french cuisine. Not the new version where you barely have anything in your plate but the cuisine made with some research and good products...
About money, this is not really a cheap place but for the quality of food I wouldn't call that expensive!
We went there to show to a couple of americans what could be the french cuisine and that was the perfect place for that, they were impressed...
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The traditional Belgian cuisine: Culinary walk in the city
I am convinced of the fact that one finds the best beers in Belgium. Therefore, a stay in Brussels cannot be complete without a visit (or three), to one of the many typical cafes and pubs that you will find there.
The Brewers’ Guild runs a museum in the basement of their building on Grand Place 10. You will particularly like the tour here not only because of a free beer at the end, but it is the only place in the town, where the toilet facilities are free.
But do visit the cosy little streets rather, instead of Grand Place and its tourist tempter neighbourhood, to collect real culinary experiences.
"La Mort Subite" in the grand Parisian style, is probably the best place to make a decision, where to go, what to eat and what to drink during your culinary trip. Some Belgian blond beer always bring the best ideas.
In the restaurant "Le-Cirio" may be to start with a mustard cattle shank, to which one abundant portion "stoempo" is due - puree from potato and vegetables.
The "Aux-Armes-de-Bruxelles" is in the near, that attracts the international audience with traditional Belgian cuisine, such as "Waterzooi" - fish in a creamy soup with vegetables, moreover from here already only a jump the pub named "L'Imaige de Notre Dame", where abbey beers are retailed on century-old wooden tables, among them the famous "Affliegem" tapped from barrel. Be careful when drinking, these beers tend to be very strong. My other favourite is a dark beer "Le Fruit Defendu" (Forbidden Fruit). The beer and its goblet feature an Adam and Eve theme. In this case, however, Adam is tempting Eve with a beer instead of an apple.
Easy to find the "Goupil le Fol", which is an old-fashioned, timeless place. A row of parlours, semi-darkness, lovers whispering beautiful words, chattering grandmas drinking fruit wines and students advertising world-saving doctrines.
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La Mort Subite
Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7
+32 2 513 13 18
+32 2 512 13 95
Rue des Bouchers,13
+32 2 511 55 50 -
L'Imaige de Notre Dame
Rue Marché aux Herbes, 8
+32 (0)2 219 42 49
Goupil le Fol
+32 2 511 13 96
Fritland: Wholesome Fast Food - A Brussels Tradition
Ruturning to our hotel after a tiring day walkiing the city we wanted something quick to eat. As we passed The Bourse we noticed Fritland and the food smelt good. Quickly checked it out and ordered the standard meal, large bread roll with meat fritter, salad, large serve of chips and a cool drink.
We then sat at the open air tables and enjoyed our meal. It is a popular eatery with tourists and locals.
Open from 11am to 1am.
Fritland: F R I E T E N !
Fritland is a typical Belgium fries fast food location.
Day and night there's a queue at the front window serving the bus passengers a quick snack during their stopover and inside the few tables are mostly occupied with people who order a little more than just fries.
Everything is boiled in hot fat and served within a few minutes.
You get what you choose for. Don't complain, it's fast food!
Favorite Dish: Frieten.
Taverne Balaton: Surprise, Surprise !!!!!!
You are living in Brussels and dont have any time to come to Lake Balaton/Hungary although you would like to do so, then this tip is your opportunity, to be acquainted with the flavours of Balaton. Take a chance on it!!
Favorite Dish: Some typical hungarian dishes from the menu:
Crépes á la "Hortobágy" - Pancake filled with minced meat and sour-cream dressing, Soupe de poisson á la carpe - Carp fish soup, Pátes au fromage blanc - Curd cheese pasta, Sandre á la "Molnárné" - Balaton pike-perch with parsley roast potato, Chou Farci - Filled cabbage, Róti de porc á la créme champignon - Roast meat with mushroom sauce, Poulet au paprika avec gnocchi - Chicken Paprikash with noodle, Entrecote "Balaton" - Sirloin with egg noodle pudding, Surprise de Somló - Sponge cake with filling of rum-walnut-vanilla , whipped cream and choc dressing, Vin Hongrois - Hungarian vines.
Le Cerf: Restaurant and Bar on Grand-Place
Within the walls of this old house the locals and the travelling gourmands enjoy this restaurant in the valid kind of Brussels. Here you can get an excellent quality for your money. After dinner a glass likoer and good mood make the beautiful market still more beautiful.
The house from 1710, is relatively plain private dwelling; there is no mention of it in city history. Le Cerf houses a private society of the same name.
No reservations, avoid the main meal times, though, since there's no room for waiting, so you should join the queue at the entrance or visit the taverne.
Favorite Dish: Try a glass of half-en-half - a mix of white wine and champagne.
A plate of moules costs €9.50, an entrecote steak is €16.
Open 12.00-15.00 | 18.00-23.30 non-stop
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Also taverne as from 11.00
Butchers Street, near the Grand Place, is a narrow street full of restaurants and neon lights. Some of these restaurants are real classics of the Belgian cuisine, like Chez Léon, which, with branches as far as paris, has even gone international.
Although they may vary a lot in quality, all the restaurants have a very similar menu, including traditional Belgian dishes like the waterzooi or the different varieties of mussels with French fries, as well as grilled fish and sea-food and other more exotic dishes, like a Belgian version of paella.
Granted, the place is very touristy, with touts at the entrance of the restaurants, and it is not here where locals usually come for dinner, but still it is fun to stroll around and see the crowd eating at the tables on the pavement and the food displayed on the street. In my eyes, it has a good holiday vibe and that is why I occasionally enjoy coming here to join the fortunate ones and pretend that I am on vacation myself too.
Everywhere: Fantastic Belgian Waffles
Who needs a real restaurant in a city that is full of chocolate shops, waffles bakeries and chips stalls. Whenever we need food between all the beers sampled, we stop at one of these eateries. My favourite has to be the waffle place opposite the entrance to Galerie du Roi at Place Agora (the one next to the Panos sandwich shop at the corner). They serve excellent fresh waffles and the peoplewatching is great here, too.
Favorite Dish: Waffles, Liège style, with strawberries and vanilla ice cream. Yummy! In my opinion the Liège version of the waffles is much better than the Brussels version which is a bit similar to the waffles we can buy in Germany.
Le Roy d'Espagne: Inviting fireplace
For lunch, this restaurant is my favourite. It’s a typical Belgian no nonsense Brasserie.
Very inviting with it’s always burning fire in the fireplace, an impressive wooden staircase and a spectacular view over the Grand Place. It’s a popular restaurant, so come on time around noon if you don’t like to wait in line for a table.
According to other restaurants in Brussels, the service is rather friendly.
Favorite Dish: Definitely the Salmon Salad and the Croque Hawai!
Check out yourself. The hotel has a great internetsite with lovely photos and a video of the Grand Place.
The Korte Beenhouwerstraat and Beenhouwerstraat are two narrow streets cramped with restaurants, with seafood and menu boards displayed outside. It made me completely happy!
Favorite Dish: Most of the 3-course cheapest menus are under 20 euro. Great value for money, I assure you.
Belgaufra and several others: Waffles
Everywhere you go in Brussels there seems to be a smell of warm waffles drifting towards you. It doesn't go too well with the smell of dirty metro and rubbery escalator, but otherwise few places tempt you more. Especially when you also see them and the dollops of cream or the chocolate sauce on them...you've got to try one.
Metropole: A touch of old Europe
The Metropole is actually a hotel (you can sometimes get good deals on internet if you're lucky) but what anyone can come here for is its wonderful cafe where you can sit outside and watch the world go by at the busy Place Brouckere OR even better, sit inside and enjoy the golden ceiling and the olde world interior which makes you feel like you're in Vienna at the turn of last century or something. Their hot chocolate is very nice and so are their cakes. You can also enjoy several Belgian beers and other drinks and some light meals. A grand old lady type of a place which has to be seen. The only thing I don't enjoy here is the superior attitude of some service staff who know that they work in one of Brussels' most famous establishments, but as long as you ignore that fact, they are service minded and it's a great place.
Favorite Dish: Squash - a very refreshing drink.
Other Belgian: De skieven architek
My first experience at De skieven... I may have tried it a decade ago when I used to stroll in the Marolles area quite regularly. Fact is, I never did. Anyways, I clearly recommend De Skieven...
It is a picturesque place (and strangely quiet, considering the hype around it) where to sip beer, have coffee.. with the magazines they sell on the shelvings.
Of course, not to look over: the light meals you can try there. It's said on their card that De skieven has a "Marolles cuisine" on the menu. Still, many of the dishes here, I could have in Gent, in Brugge, in other spots in Brussels. What's Marollian then ? maybe some twist... So far, I could try 2 dishes and all of them were delicious.
NOT to forget: the location of De skieven makes it easy to have your one-day-Marolles experience. After bargaining for antiques, strolling along shelvings of second hand books, wandering and crisscrossing in the area to spot the comic strips murales, it is a refreshing spot in summer (fresh beer.. I read in the area that De Skieven has their own Gueuze) and a warm place to stay in in winter (at least for the soup, so dear to Belgians).
I was told one can have a meal in the garden when weather permits, i.e in summer. Haven't spotted any garden, so far. But they do have a terrace, looking on Place du jeu de balle.
Favorite Dish: I had one of my favourite Belgian dishes: stoemp - saucisse. hehe, it looks like nothing but it is yummy: a vegetable mash with bits of bacon and sausage. I ensure you, it is heaven.
Also, it was my time of reconciliation with Carbonnades flamandes. Indeed, my poor past experiences with carbonnades flamandes were about loaves of "hard" meat with a brown sauce. This time, I could taste it from Eva's dish: the meat was tender, like semi-sliced :)... a perfect balance for carbonnades. Yes, it was about time to reconcile with this beef & carrot dish with its delicious beer sauce. It uses to be served with fries.
Yes, beer-sauce cuisine is a real asset of Brussels. Still, let's not forget that both France and Spain have this dish too. In Spain, Eva (VTmember diageva) told me it is made with wine but, she said it, it is better with beer. Hmm... I am wondering how it would be with whisky. In the past, I used to have whisky-cooked beef **I am not giving the name of my then cook :-P ** but not prepared with the sauce.
Also, the place serves breakfast: very useful if you are planning to attend the flea market at Place du Jeu de balle (De skieven is on the edge of the place).
Popular luncheon amongst Belgian: tartine au fromage blanc preceeded by a soup bowl. This is a house that still serves this. Wait! this may have been the Marolles style. Not that many houses except snacks in town serve tartines, let alone served with this soup.
Last but not least, I had my first Faro experience here. Still remember of it about 3-4 years later. Faro ? Look at picture 2!
Also, it uses to open everyday, till 10 pm. Still, on Sundays, it is closed at 6 pm (or was it 6.30 pm ?)
I compared the price with the Belgian cuisine I may find in Brussels.
Arthies (in Brugge): Not to be missed in Brugge!
Fantastic atmosphere, great mood lighting and a comfortable and contemporary feel, very friendly and welcoming staff, great choice of food which was beautifully presented and delicious, all at very affordable prices. Also with a very good choice of world wines.
The owner, Thierry, made us feel very welcome and was clearly very passionate about every aspect of this great restaurant.
All in all, a very special evening and highly recommended.
Favorite Dish: The veal - a beautiful veal steak, very tender and a fantastic creamy, spicy sauce with mashed potato and a variety of vegetables. As everything else seemed to be, the beautiful presentation was matched by the quality of the food.
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