Food & Drink In Brussels - Discover
The Best Restaurants & Speciality Local Dishes To Sample On Your Brussels
You could be forgiven for wanting to visit Brussels for the
eating choices alone. The city centre has a sprawling medley of restaurants
serving up fine cuisines and ales and no trip to Brussels is complete without
visiting a speciality Belgian Chocolate Shoppe and stocking up on sweet treats
for the journey home.
Food & Restaurants In Brussels
From the traditional Belgian & French fare in and
around Grand Place to the more exotic ethnic options such as the enjoyable
Italian fare offered by the string of restaurants in “Little Italy” (along
rue Franklin), Brussels is choc-a-bloc with engaging dining opportunities.
Of course, we all know that Belgium is associated with Moules (mussels) et Frites (Chips) but it’s also regarded for a number of
additional dishes that have been shaped by a variety of influences including the
French, Spanish and Dutch who all ruled over the land at some point in History.
In fact Belgians' culinary history can be traced back to the middle ages.
You can enjoy starters such as Croquettes aux Crevettes
Grises (shrimp) and Fondues au Fromage (a type of cheesy croquette). A
speciality Belgian bread that is sweet is Choesels and Ardennes Pâté is a pâté comprised largely of pork and garlic. Then there are main dishes such as Filet
Americain (served minced and raw mixed with onions and several spices). The
Belgians do enjoy their red meat and it can form the basis of many a meal. Ragout d’agneau is a braised lamb dish that’s marinated with herbs. Pheasant
and rabbit are also used in some speciality dishes like Faisan à la Brabançonne and Lapin dishes.
Anguilles au vert is an eel based soup and Andouillette a
type of sausage.
You may expect to see Brussels Sprouts somewhere – and
you would be right (Choux de Bruxelles). Chicory is one of the most used
vegetables in Belgian cuisine, featuring in foods such as Witloof where it’s
wrapped in cheese and ham.
You can round things up with Damme Blanche – vanilla ice
cream served with a thick chocolate sauce. Or opt for other sweet delights like Profiteroles or Tarte tartin (apple pie served with cream).
There’s no shortage of quality restaurants in Brussels
– you can feast on fresh fish in the Lower Town, enjoy dinner at any one of
the high-class offerings along rue Antoine Dansaert – in fact you can venture
to practically any part of the city and be within five minutes of a good place
For Tradional Belgian Food…
For pleasant food at reasonable prices, Chez Leon in Grand
Place delivers – As you may expect it offers the Moules et Frites type menu
and children under the age of 12 eat free.
Similarly, Chez Patric (Rue des Chapeliers) is popular with
the tourists who want to sample traditional Belgian fare as is Brasserie de la
Roue d’Or which is on the same street. La Rose Blanche (Grand Place) is known
for its stews or you can opt for La Brouette for grander Belgian fare.
Noted for its warm atmosphere and exquisite food, A’mbriana (Rue Edith Cavell) serves up quality Italian fare are reasonable
prices. Nearer to Grand Place is Rugantino and Senso (rue Franklin) offers well
presented food but is somewhat on the pricey side. Also along Franklin are Pappa
e Citti and Napoli.
While Brussels has a fairly high number of Chinese & Vietnamese restaurants, Indian fare is not as widely available and one of the
best options is La Porte des Indes, Avenue Louise).
La Cantonnaise (rue Tenbosch) and Hong Hoa (rue du Pont la
Carpe) are among the favoured Chinese options while La Citronnelle is an
interesting Vietnamese restaurant along Chaussee de Wavre.
Tapas Locas (Grand Place) draws in a younger crowd and
tends to be pretty good, cheap fare and Casa Manuel (also in Grand Place) is
also a nice place which serves Portugese fare as well as Spanish.
Other International Restaurants
Le Forcado (Chaussee de Charleroi) is one of the few pure
Portugese restaurants in Brussels. Along Rue des Grands-Carmes is Canita Cubana,
which as you might suspect offers a wide range of Cuban cuisine. In the mood for
African? Try Gri Gri located on Rue Basse.