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La Moule Sacrée: Good choice near the Grand Place
We ate in this restaurant just south of the Grand Place on our first evening in Brussels. It seemed a mid-range place for the neighbourhood, neither really fancy nor very plain and simple. Although there was a set menu as appears almost ubiquitous in Brussels we didn’t choose from it but treated ourselves to dishes from the a la carte selection.
I started with ”salade au rocquefort” which was fresh and generous, though nothing special, and for my main course chose turbot cooked with ginger and served with red peppers and mashed potato, which I really enjoyed. Chris had the cheese croquettes to start with, and was happy with these and with his steak in mustard sauce (though it was cooked a little rarer than he had specified), and particularly liked his gratin dauphinois. With a beer each this meal cost us 71 EUR.
RestoBi?res: Belgium at it's best...
I don't like those places with designer interiors ,
I don't like dishes where the colors and the
decorations on the plate are more important
then the taste...
If your a bit like me you'll like 'RESTOBIERES
for sure. The interior is small , only about 24
places are available. The room is decorated
completely with old kitchen tools.
Old koffie grinders , old cookie boxes with our
royal family , original bee glasses are but in
front of the window and contribute to the nice
living room atmosphere...
A real 'Brusseleir' spoke to us right away
when we entered the restaurant. funny...
You are in the 'marollen' for sure.
Belgian dishes... there are three menus available.
15 euro , 20 euro , 25 euro -
all three way courses. Quit cheap .
I went ? la carte. For starters I've chosen
a fried cheese with a sweet sauce made
with fruity beer. We also drunk beer
I really love 'pecheresse'.
A lambic with a little peach flavour.
As head dish I took 'Stoemp' with
saucisson de campagne.
You hardly can get anymore 'BRUSSELS'.
Frederik went for another classical dish ,
rabbit with prunes and beer. Delicious.
For dessert there is a surprice on the menu
that really tasted great. A mouse made like
'Sabayon' but prepared with beer.
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.
Au vatel: Patisserie...sit down have a coffee...
Ok , a little bit of the beaten path this
tip. It's not a restaurant either altough they
serve little snacks.
This patisserie - Boulangerie , Tea-room
is well know and located on a nice cozy
square with some restaurants , a 'frituur'
in the middle. Nothing special , nothing fancy...
But the fine sweets and cookies are just
excellent. You can't leave belgium without
trying chocolates , cookies , ....sweets , pralines...
Favorite Dish: 'Au Vatel Jourdan' is a perfect place for it.
I chose the coffee of the house.
A coffee like I like it.
(not too black , with a nice creamy layer
of coffeefoam on top and a great aroma)
- a choise in sugar , also Tiense (Belgian)
- whipped cream
- homemade vanilla icecream
- 2 pralines (chocolates filled with cream ,
liquor , nuts....surprise surprise)
- 2 delicious cookies (hmmm those with
hazelnutcream filling are just so...)
And if a coffe is served like it is supposed to
be you also get a fresh glass of water.
Why? Because coffee has got a
Le Falstaff: Dining in a classic Brussels Institution
Aaaaah, the Falstaff! One of Brussels's institution. It was known far half en half drinks (half sparkling wine, half dry white) and haughty waiters. I had one of the best (and weirdest) birthday of my life there. It closed down then re-opened shortly under new management and is now going strong with its usual mix of tourists, students, hip crowd and retired locals. The restaurant "Falstaff Gourman" is quite good and affordable. But if you want to enjoy the Falstaff at its maximum, go to the "cafe" part next door with its Art nouveau architecure, the Falstaff is now protected as an architectural heritage. They also serve Belgian cuisine and I defy you to resist their cakes! And the best part? You can enjoy the terrace even in winter (if it's not too cold), it's covered and heated!
Favorite Dish: I like having breakfast there... when it's not so busy.
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.
La Becasse: wonderful small Pub with food and beer
This is a wonderful place to try Belgian beer with a long list of choices and great historic atmosphere. Do not let the sign above a small alley fool you! This is a genuine historic pub as charming as any in Europe. A local pointed it out to me.
Favorite Dish: Beer (again)! How often can you be served beer from a wonderful pottery pitcher (krug)? And have the beer be tasty lambic?
Les Brassins: The tastes of Brussels in moody setting
Should you chose to pay tribute to the birthplace of Audrey hepburn (see off the beaten track), walk a couple of doors down for some of the best Belgian food servied in a relaxed brasserie atmosphere. Good food, copious portions and reasonable prices, coupled with a laid-back setting, have made les Brassins the eaterie of choice for generations of students and locals alike.
Favorite Dish: Les Brassins menu cannot claim to be extensive, but you'll certainly find tasty steak, chicken and rabbit dishes, and a wonderful collection of salads.. the latter served in huge bowls. Wash down with a glass of house red, or one of the good range of beers, and you're guaranteed to leave with a satisfied full-up feeling.
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Amadeo: The place for ribs !
Typical old Belgian restaurant where you can eat as many spare ribs as you can for only 13,5 euros ! According to the waiter, the "winner" (an English man) would have managed to eat ten of them !!! Unbelievable even if they really taste terrific.
Very relaxed atmosphere (no wonder, it's for people who like eating with their fingers !) and excellent service.
Favorite Dish: Ribs of course !
Other Belgian: 't Kelderke
Skip all the restaurants with terraces around the Grand Palace area..I'd just get beer and mussels while admiring the view but not go for actual diner. For good food there's a great little gem of a place right in the square but because it doesn't have outside sitting it's harder to find. The place is located in one of the guild houses..and its worth the search effort.
The restaurant itself is housed in 17th century brick cellar.. this is responsible for the place being a bit stuffy but also very authentic looking. The food is local and delicious..it's probably the only place in the center of Brussels that's not a culinary tourist trap..prices are very reasonable, service is warm and helpul and the food...I'd come back to Brussels just for another dinner in the restaurant :)
Favorite Dish: Rabbit in brussels beer was wonderful..so was stoemp (belgian version of mashed potatoes) and steak tartare with raw egg..actually everything we ordered was great.
Gaufre de Bruxelles: fast food with style
While you can get Belgian Waffles many places this little restaurant really is named from them. It is very convenient, has great sandwiches, and good waffles. Skip the McDonald's nearby and head for Gaufre de Bruxelles -- for Frites, a sandwich, or a waffle at a good price. Much travel money is spent on food. I looked for a place to just take care of my hunger. La Gaufre de Bruxelles had good frites or fries and good choice of cheese for a low-cost sandwich (not the American style perhaps but tasty by European Standards).
Favorite Dish: Frites -- fresh and tasty!
Other Belgian: Manneken Pis Restaurnat
This is a charming place, in a city center, right opposite the Manneken Pis. Everything, from tables to walls is covered by Manneken Pis. Wherever you look you will see the boy.:) What is important, prices are not high and you may eat luch not spending much. I wopuld reccomend eating here as not only dishes are tasty but also service is nice and all these in a unique interior...
Favorite Dish: I have eaten very good sandwiches and drunk Kriek - Belgian beer
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.
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 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
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