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FRITERIES: BELGIAN FRITES
I probably drove IanGrace crazy with my request for BELGIAN FRITES. I just had to have some. She asked around and found one near the Galeries Royales. It was a "Frituur" and Snack Bar. Just the perfect place to satisfy my cravings. I ordered a large "Frites" - do NOT call them French Fries - with a side of Mayonnaise. And I also ordered a croquette - mmm! Lekker.
There was so many, I couldn't eat them all. The croquette was delicious as were the Frites.
Thank you IanGrace and Werner and Kyle. You made my day!
Waiters are trying to get you in by charm and offers of free drinks. Shop around, decline firmly until you find what you want. You can eat outside the restaurants too.
Some of the girls were teasing the waiters. Don't be put off by the nature of the kiss, they're quite proper those waiters and not dangerous.
BELGA QUEEN: This is Living.
It was all I could do, not to just sit there and stare at all the fantastic, chic, grand, sophisticated details in every aspect of Belga Queen. A renovated bank building never looked so good, I tell you! Beautiful, high ceilings. Ornate decor. Dramatic lighting. Too bad the live music wasn't going on, this weekday night. But the piped-in variety very much put one in a Buddha Bar frame of mind, so not much was missing there. The staff was quite attentive, always there to pour more wine. The waiters' uniforms were just too goofy for words, for men anyway, but they had to wear the bib-aprons, we didn't. We just immersed ourselves in fine conversation and food. Mmmmmm.
Favorite Dish: The lobster was reeeeally calling my name, but it was the roasted duck in raspberry beer sauce which won out. Germany taught me that there's more to water than the still kind, so sparkling Pellegrino, while a simple thing, was a fine accompaniment to the food. Oh, but then there was dessert. Some truly sinful and deadly chocolate ganache truffle thing. With sauce. Of course. Chocolate sauce. Would we have it any other way?
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...
Gaufre de Bruxelles – Brusselse Wafel: Brussels Waffles
Who would have thought that there were so many different types of waffles? Like their beers, the Belgians take their waffles very seriously and each district, each city, has a slightly different variety to offer. The Brussels waffle is light but thick, crispy caramelized with large partitions to help grip the topping. And there are enough toppings to make it hard to choose: fruits, whipped cream, chocolate sauce or ice cream.
Bar Sabir: Best price/quality/food originality
"Bar Sabir", despite it's name is not a bar but a restaurant. It's rather small and mostly attended by local young and (less young) trendy people. You don't have to book in advance. It's open at midday (except on the weekend) and in the evening (only on Thursday and friday). It's not a restaurant like the usual ones and that is what I like about it. It's really cool and every day the young and friendly owners propose one or two dishes at a very reasonable price ranking between 8 to 11 Euro (=10-13 $). They like to experiment with local cuisine and food from all over the world. Everytime it's a surprise, freshly made and very good. If you don't like what's on the daymenu you can also choose from a vaster list of soups wich are rather filling (for about 4 Euro) or other stuff indicated on the board. Try it you won't be disappointed and believe me, it's much better than most of the surrounding expensive restaurants (of which some are good though) for tourists and business men. I go there sometimes 2 or 3 times a week.
Favorite Dish: No way to tell, they change every day... fresh and tasty it is.
't Kelderke: Belgian Vault
Descend from the Grand Place into this 17th-century vaulted cellar restaurant for traditional Belgian cuisine served at plain wooden tables. ATMOSPHERE
Favorite Dish: Portions are generous and mussels are the house specialty, but the stoemp et saucisses (mashed potatoes and sausages) are equally tasty. Wife had the mussels I had the sausages. Good hearty fare provides a base for the outstanding Belgium beer.
Belgaqueen: Belgian Cuisine includes Belgian Beer
Belgaqueen is slightly expensive restaurant but it is certain to be worth the visit. An ancient galerie has been modified to become the setting of this quality restaurant.
They are specialized in Belgian Cuisine and have many dishes with the famous Belgian beers in it. Situated in the city centre it is near most of the best places to see in Brussels. And just at the beginning of the shopping streets.
Favorite Dish: Veal chop with braised turnips, blond mushrooms and a Gueuze (Belgian beer)
cream sauce with tarragon leaves
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Other Belgian: Le Pain Quotidien
This national bakery chain offers artisanal bread, savoury pies, cakes, pastries and cookies, filled sandwiches, salads, soups and excellent coffie. The right place for breakfast, lunch or snack. Nice atmosphere, smoke-free environment, country-style decoration, rustic antique furniture. A long wooden communal table at the centre.
Favorite Dish: A piece of apple crumble, bombe au chocolat, tartelettes aux framboises (rasberry pastries), clafoutis aux framboises (raspberrys baked in batter) ... with a cup of coffie.
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.
Restobieres: Everything cooked in beer
This restaurant is now very popular, it has expanded since my last visit a few years ago (I think they moved a few doors down) and the service is clearly suffering. Big groups in particular might find the service very slow.
These are good value with choices such as schrimp croquettes or snails for starters, rabbit, steak, salmon for mains, all cooked in different types of beers.
The food was generally very good. The waterzoi (chicken in cream sauce) was very tasty and a big portion; the rabbit stew is outstanding and bursting with flavours.
Many different beers available in bottles, a few choices on taps.
Favorite Dish: The dessert Sabayon a la Kriek is out of this world! It's a light creme anglaise whipped with cherry-flavour beer into an airy almost mousse-like delight.
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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 Pain Quotidien: Healthy, delicious Breakfast or Lunch
This picture clearly shows what you can expect: artisanal breads and jams, cookies, in a wooden decoration.
What you do not see on the picture is the small or large tables with jampot for convivial atmosphere and the pies, filled sandwich or soup you can order. For breakfast, lunch.
See Le Pain Quotidien for the explanation of the concept and the addresses of
the several shops in Brussels or elsewhere.
Favorite Dish: Having breakfast: different breads with jam, orange juice and milk-chocolate.
Au Stekerlapatte: Au Stekerlapatte
When I first went to this restaurant, for which I only had heard good things about, and got to the place...I thought this must be the wrong place as from the outside it looked like a typical little brasserie and not like the place that said to be serving great food but I went in anyway. No regret at all. Never judge a book by its cover, they say....
It's a good restaurant that serves typical belgian dishes, some of them very original with portion quite big.
I really enjoyed it as you don't usually expect that quality of food in a brasserie like place, with a very laid back atmoshpere.
Only minus is that I found it a bit noisy.
Favorite Dish: casserole de poissons
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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.
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