Once an ironmonger's shop and now a trendy restaurant, this charming bistro is visited regularly by famous people from all over Europe including Helmut Kohl, Gérard Depardieu and The Gipsy Kings. It serves delicious meat dishes including seasonal game and fish. Oysters and the seafood platter are house specialties. Lunch is served from Monday to Friday, as is the so-called What The Bosses are Having Today three-course meal. The menu changes weekly according to the availability of fresh ingredients.
You'll find this typical Parisian brasserie next to Bois de la Cambre. Smart waiters welcome you at the entrance right next to a wonderful display of fresh fish, shellfish, lobsters and other sea treasures. You can take out your plateau de fruits de mer for a chic picnic in the woods. The ambiance of the restaurant is cozy, relaxing and friendly and you can rub shoulders with the local beau monde.
For most visitors to Brussels, this is the place to sample Belgian cuisine and mussels. The decor is simple and modern, and the dining room always seems full of customers. The kitchen is best known for its moules-frites (mussels and french fries), but other quality seafood dishes are also available at Chez Léon. Outdoor seating is available during the warmer summer months.
Sticking to the basics, this seafood restaurant maintains a simple decor, saving its frills to serve some of the best seafood in Brussels. While the main dish is Brussels' infamous moules frites, La Marée offers a wide selection of seafood. This restaurant has received much praise from numerous journals such as the Michelin Guide, Petit Fute, and Gault et Millau.
Maison J. Dandoy has one of the most famous display windows in Brussels, and they always tempt you with something sweet. Dandoy has been around since 1829 and sells local specialties, chocolate and more, serving as an authentic shop in a touristic environment. Looking at the window or eating their wares will make much more of an impression than describing them: spiced biscuits, pain à la grecque, currant bread, cinnamon bread, marzipan, ice-cream and sorbets, among other things.
Houtsiplou's signature dishes are the burgers. On offer are a wide range of delicious options perfect for kids and adults alike. Toys are included in the meal for kids. Adults can opt for tofu burgers and other healthy choices. And don't fear - if you aren't in the mood for burgers, the menu also features pasta and salads. The patio makes for a relaxing hangout on a nice day.
Mano à Mano is a great addition to the eclectic Rue Saint-Boniface. Nestled among several bars and cafes in Ixelles, this one is popular for its classic Italian cuisine and excellent wine. On the menu are delicious pizza varieties like Margherita, Napoletana and Capricciosa, as well as pasta specialties like Rigatoni ai quatro formaggi and Spaghetti al pesto. The best seat in the house is arguably one on their cobbled terrace overlooking the picturesque street.
Le Clan des Belges boasts a prime location at the heart of Brussels' social scene. The ambiance at this restaurant is intentionally reminiscent of the 1920s prohibition era. Its antiquarian decor is replete with industrial lamps, bookshelves, a gramophone and photographic memorabilia. Chef Joris creates a menu of traditional French and Belgian flavors served with fine wine and spirits. Classics include Côte de Bœuf, Cordon Bleu and top notch Mégacheeseburger. Le Clan des Belges also does a popular brunch on the weekends.
Mussels rule the menu at Au Vieux Bruxelles. This lively brasserie serves flavorful mussels cooked with fries or in curry and wine; the dish is a specialty of Belgian cuisine. Traditionalists can also savor raw mussels. It is a local hangout place with diners digging into the food amidst animated conversations. Pair it with a local Belgian ale to discover the magic of the traditional cuisine.
Il Pasticcio is hands down one of the best Italian eateries in Brussels. Their menu is extensive, offering traditional Italian dishes that are prepared with the utmost love and care. Order the spaghetti with clams and sit outside on the charming terrace, or dine inside, where it is dimly lit and romantic.
This small eatery is a hit among the locals. A popular breakfast and lunch spot, The Break Time serves delicious sandwiches and cold as well as hot platters. They make their own bread daily and only use natural ingredients. Their portions are generous and very affordable. Savor their sandwiches like the Matador, Super Chicken and Le Croquant. Other dishes includes the like of Croque Monsieur, Lasagne and Moussaka. They also deliver and cater.
This casual restaurant offers a delicious array of dishes from around the globe. Cafeteria-style dining and a no-fuss decor create a laid-back atmosphere, perfect for a lunch break at work. With its budget-friendly prices and varied menu, it's become one of the most popular lunch options in the neighborhood, so be sure to get there early to snag a seat in this small restaurant.