Posted on: 11, Oct 2017
Brussels is a classic European capital for a weekend break but is also a hub for business and international institutions due to it be the capital of the European Union and the home of many EU institutions. So if you find yourself on vacation or on business, what are some of the best restaurants to enjoy in the city?
If you want to try French inspired classics with ingredients sourced locally in many cases, then this restaurant is the place to go – they even have their own farm in Bresse that supplies many of the ingredients. The building itself is a former ironmonger’s shop and has a striking Art Deco look to it. It is also well placed to combine with a visit to the Victor Horta Museum which is close by.
Mer du Nord is a different style of restaurant – it is a fish bar, for starters, and there are no seating areas. There’s a semi-circular bar with high tables and you choose your dish from the whiteboard. The waiter calls your name, you collect your dish and finish it with the sauces then grab a spot to enjoy it.
Toukoul is an Ethiopian restaurant with an exotic and beautiful interior filled with sculptures and art works brought straight from Ethiopia. As well as offering amazing food, it also is a venue for local artists to perform with jazz, blues and lounge nights. It is one of the most popular venues in the city, so booking ahead is important and don’t leave without trying the Addis Flower cocktail.
This restaurant describes itself as a ‘art and travel café’ that offers dishes from around the world. Sample Brazilian fish stew, Malines chicken or North African dishes as well as a number of classic, local favourites. It also has a busy schedule of cultural events so there’s always something to see as well as the food to eat.
For a taste of true Belgian cuisine, this is the restaurant to visit. The heaty, heavy flavours of traditional Belgian dishes are available here including sausage and stoemp, a mashed potato with a special local sauce – the Belgian version of goulash. It is a relaxing place to visit with food washed down with a glass of beer. Arrive early though – they don’t take bookings and it is always busy.
If you are visiting the city with your partner, then this is the kind of romantic, haute culture restaurant to visit and if you still want to go there, you can always seek the company of a high class escort in Brussels to accompany you. The restaurant offers a lot of amazing seafood dishes including lobster and oysters while the building itself is a great example of a 19th century Bruxellois architecture.
Le Truffe Noire is a Brussels institution, a Michelin star restaurant that focuses on creating dishes with black and white truffles. So, if you are a fan of truffles, then this is a must on a visit to the city. There is also a sister restaurant in a more central location called Atelier de la Truffe Noire, which has a more relaxed, bistro feel to it.