Restaurants Panorama

Written by BrusselsLife Team - 25 Mar 2008, 00:00 (Updated: 12 Nov 2013, 16:06)
Restaurants Panorama
Throughout Belgium, but especially in Brussels and surrounding areas, there are many places dedicated to fine eating. It is a fact that Belgian cuisine resembles cooking from neighbouring France.

As a main world centre for politics, finance and the arts, Brussels has itself become a sought after and trendy place. It is therefore hardly surprising to learn that Brussels fine dining has also followed suit.

The classics

"Comme Chez Soi" (2 Michelin stars), the Sea Grill (2 Michelin stars), L'Écailler du Palais royal and the Villa Loraine are the big names in Brussels gastronomy. These renowned restaurants are synonymous with elegance and fine gastronomy. Typical Belgian attitude adds spice to food which is of an unquestionably high quality.

Brussels style

Fancy a typical Brussels meal? Push open the door of the Armes de Bruxelles or the Maison du Cygne. The Maison du Cygne is in the Grand'Place and offers a gastronomic journey through typical Brussels cuisine, with a view of one of the most beautiful squares in the world. As for the Armes de Bruxelles, it is a true institution of gastronomy situated in the old part of Brussels. Tripe lovers will be thrilled by the Viva M'Bomawhere the cuisine brings back the savours of dishes long forgotten.And if you are tempted by cream cheese on bread, try the À la Mort Subite where you can savour a 'tartine au fromage blanc' with a refreshing beer.

Small trendy restaurants

A heteroclite capital, Brussels does not escape the norm and has its own addresses where it is good to be seen. The Cospaia is one of those places. Good food and simple decoration, it is literally invaded by businessmen at lunchtime. The Belga Queen is worth visiting for its decor created by Antoine Pinto. On the ground floor of the Paquebot, Flagey, Le Variété is known for it superb roasts and its famous original "zebra" walls. For anyone hungry after an exhibition the Museum Restaurant offers typical Belgian cuisine in a surprising decor. Finally, if you are looking for a small but trendy restaurant, check out the Bailly end of the Chaussée de Charleroi. There, you are sure to find what you are looking for.

Popular addresses

The Place Sainte-Catherine is filled with all types of restaurants. This typical Brussels square has become 'the' address for sea food and delicious fresh fish dishes. It is impossible to find fresher food elsewhere, it just doesn't exist in Brussels. The Cimetière d'Ixelles is the student area. Over the years it has seen the emergence of many good bars and small Asian restaurants. Atmosphere is guaranteed till the small hours of the morning. The Place Saint-Job is also a popular address for food-lovers. More on the chic side, it is the home of many known restaurants and also small intimate restaurants perfect for a romantic night out.Stéphanie Guillaume

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