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In operation since 1921, Aux Armes de Bruxelles, located on the bustling rue des Bouchers, manages to still be one of the most popular in the neighborhood. It boasts among its past patrons Placido Domingo, as well as King Léopold III. Its three salons (the Rotonde, the Brasserie and the Bodega), can accommodate from 15 to 160 guests. The kitchen serves traditional cuisine, including oysters, an array of seafood, cheese fondue, meat and poultry. Try the cod in mussels sauce. This place is not inexpensive, but it's definitely worth the money.
Few will be able to resist this beautiful art deco bistro, located near Place du Chatelain, Avenue Louise and Avenue Waterloo. The French cuisine features mainly regional fare from places like Basque and Landes. Names such as Chipirones A La Plancha (baby squid) and Piquillos with Cod will be music to the ears for seafood lovers. This is also a great place for business lunches or dinners, receptions and cocktails or other kinds of special events; the owners also provide outside catering.
The Belga Queen in Brussels is a perfect example of a typical Belgian brasserie. The restaurant is divided into four parts: the restaurant, the oyster bar, a beer bar and a cigar club in what was once the vault of a former bank. The entire building itself is truly a stunning edifice designed in the Belle Époque style. The menus are dreamed up by acclaimed executive chef Antoine Pinto and go far beyond ingredients used in typical brasserie dishes. The beer bar provides guests with real "trappist" beers: seven beers on draft and more than 30 regional bottled beers. The oyster bar offers scrumptious seafood, prepared on the spot. Post dinner, the Belga Club offers Cuban cigars as well as an extensive cocktail list. The Club decor pays homage to the colonial Belgian Congo with its cushy, leather chairs and an atmosphere that transports you.
If you love couscous, then you must try La Kasbah, a Moroccan restaurant located in one of Brussels' most fashionable neighborhoods. The ambiance is lively, the decor inviting and the crowd attractive. This place doesn't stop hopping. Starters include tabbouleh or eggplant salad. You can then choose from authentic couscous plates with meat or chicken, and for vegetarians there is a vegetable couscous on offer. Afterward, delight in a tasty dessert accompanied by a fresh mint tea. Brunch on Sunday is also a pleasant experience.
Named after its inventive chef, Jean-Pierre Bruneau, this restaurant offers carefully prepared meals full of French delicacies. Bruneau's decor consists of leather booths, circular tables and pillows inspire conversation as rich as its food, making it a perfect spot for a business party or family gathering. The menu abounds with meat and seafood. An extensive wine list is available with many choices to complement your desired dish. Expect high society class combined with chic flare, perfect for anyone looking for a special night out.
Bon-Bon's menu changes often, depending on what is currently available in the local market, allowing the chef to work with the freshest ingredients possible. The Michelin-rated restaurant takes pride in offering inventive main courses as well as whimsical twists on desserts. The friendly staff is happy to guide diners in choosing wines to complement their meals.