Located in the city center since January 2012, the Toukoul allows you to spend a convivial moment around a dish, a drink or in front of a concert, in a setting composed of Ethiopian objects. Indeed, all the objects and elements that compose this decoration come from the multiple trips that Haile Abebe, the founder of the place, realized in Ethiopia.
To eat there
Generally, each dish consists of the "injera", a millet cake on which the various foods and preparations will be deposited. In order to taste several flavors, it is possible to share a dish with those around you. From beef stew, chicken drumsticks and cod to vegetarian dishes, there's something for everyone!
For the most gourmet, Toukoul offers several desserts: an exotic flambé, a chocolate fondant with red fruits and an ice cream ball, date rolls with orange and cinnamon and many ice cream flavors .
If you have never eaten Ethiopian, the staff will take the time to introduce you to Ethiopian traditions. For example, you will have the opportunity to try "la gourcha", a tradition of giving food to another person from hand to mouth. The staff will explain in detail the map and help you choose the dish that will best meet your expectations! On the website of the restaurant, a lexicon with a few words is also available to help you choose what you want to eat.
From Ethiopian drinks to classic ones
The Toukoul bar offers Ethiopian drinks such as Tej, a fermented drink made from honey and water. Beer lovers can try St. George's, an Ethiopian beer. For those who want something more classic, know that Aperol Spritz, Kir, sodas and fresh fruit juices are also available.
If you like coffee, Toukoul allows you to attend the "Buna" coffee ceremony, a ceremony to which the Ethiopians attach great importance, which consists of drinking 3 cups of coffee. It takes place every Sunday evening in Toukoul.
The little trick in addition:
In addition to offering culinary specialties from Ethiopia, Toukoul organizes concerts every Friday and Saturday nights. Soon, the Toukoul will also open a shop. Here you can find Ethiopian culinary products, dishes, dishes and Ethiopian art.
Find the Toukoul at 34 rue de Laeken, 1000 Brussels (entry also possible at 1 rue du Marronnier, 1000 Brussels). Open Monday to Wednesday from 18:00 to 22:30, Thursday from 12:00 to 14:30 and 18:00 to 22:30, Friday from 12:00 to 14:30 and 18:00 to 23:00, Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 15:30 and 18:00 to 23:00.