Place Sainte-Catherine 1, 1000 Brussels
Tel. 02 511 62 21
Open Monday to Saturday till 21.00.
Lunch at 16 euro, menu from 35 to 65 euro.
Far from the tourist traps of the Îlot Sacré in central Brussels, the Sainte-Catherine quarter is bursting with superb restaurants. One of them is L’Achepot, with its keen sense of ‘bistronomy’ (i.e. Bistro-type dishes featuring the best produce and tailored for today’s tastes) and its affordable prices. This place is great!
Rue du Méridien 10, 1210 Saint-Josse
Tel. 02 229 38 00
Cost/person: 15 to 25 euro
Located in a wonderful Art Nouveau house, Amazone is an organisation supporting women’s movements. With a square vegetable garden, a courtyard arranged for use on sunny days, and a superb room upstairs, Amazone has much to recommend it in terms of enabling you to discover cuisine focused on vegetables and garden herbs…
Ghizlène El Yanboui is always on hand to cook up dishes designed around quality produce: local, in-season, fair and organic where possible (such as the excellent bread by Joao Martins ‘Le Bon Pain’). A catering service is also available, as Amazone has a meeting centre and a co-working space for female entrepreneurs.
Chaussée de Charleroi 179, 1060 Saint Gilles
Tel. 0496 08 89 40
Open Monday to Saturday lunchtime and Wednesday to Saturday evening.
Catering for events, on request.
Cost/person: 14 to 25 euro
Juggling their time being restaurateurs, grocers and caterers, Juliette and Corentin manage to be busy everywhere at the same time, guided by the motto: Belge et Bon (Belgian and good)!
Their homely space is packed with Belgian and delicious discoveries, including chicory liqueur from Gervin, Aubel syrup from Claudy Nyssen, Belgian wines galore, local fruit juices, and so on.
Corentin, in the kitchen, successfully makes the most of his discoveries whilst Juliette welcomes you with contagious good humour. Thanks to this fine recipe, the restaurant is a winner on the Chaussée de Charleroi. Be sure to make a visit: you won’t be disappointed!
Bistro du Canal
Rue Antoine Dansaert 208, 1000 Brussels
Tel. 02 511 03 60
Open Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 14.30 and 19.00 to 22.30.
Saturday from 19.00 to 22.30 and starting from 6 October, Sunday lunch-time and evening.
Lunch: 14 euro. Menu: from 25 to 35 euro.
The Bistro du Canal is a magical place, featuring inspired menus, tasting dishes, affordable prices, and great yet unfamiliar wines. Come and dance at the Bistro du Canal.
Avenue de Tervueren 453, 1150 Brussels
Tel. 02 346 66 15
Closed on Monday lunchtime, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Open 12.30 to 13.30, 19.30 to 21.00.
Lunch 50 euro, evening menus 72 to 145 euro.
Christophe has stars in his eyes… but his feet are firmly planted on the solid ground of his home country, so that he can harvest its riches and tastefully create dishes. His creativity and expertise at pairing – and making the most of – different produce can be surprising.
Chaussée d’Alsemberg 812A, 1180 Brussels
Tel. 02 332 37 74
Closed on Saturday lunchtime, Sunday and Monday.
Lunch 24 euro, evening 39 euro.
The young and talented Damien Bouchery aims for refined and authentic gastronomy, calling on real and tasty produce. A native of France, he creates tasty dishes made of a variety of produce that is all Belgian. His enthusiasm for Slow Food means that diners can expect some great surprises.
Place de la Chapelle 5, 1000 Brussels
Tel. 02 512 68 91
Open from 12.00 to 14.30 and 19.00 to 22.30 (weekend till 23.00).
Closed Saturday lunchtime, Sunday and public holidays.
Menu: 20 to 45 euro.
An exceptional chef, great sauce chef and master cook, Dirk Miny is one of those brilliant chefs capable of handling anything from the traditional repertoire, be it French or from Brussels, as well as putting a new spin on regional fare. Take for example his fabulous Brussels pickled cabbage in which, by revisiting this Alsatian dish, he includes genuine cooked meats and other Belgian produce! To be sampled in a magnificent Art Nouveau setting and accompanied by beers from Cantillon or the Brasserie de la Senne, whose chef is a huge fan.
Le Chalet Robinson
Sentier de l’embarcadère 1, 1000 Brussels
Tel. 02 372 92 92
The chalet and bar are open from 12.00 to 23.00.
The kitchen is open Monday to Saturday from 12.00 to 14.30 and 19.00 to 23.00, and Sunday from 12.00 to 22.00.
A perfect destination for an urban adventure. To reach it, you have to enter the Bois de la Cambre and board the ferry that links the land with Île Robinson.
The interior decor is contemporary, set off by the green and charming surroundings. There are terraced areas, a bar, restaurant and party rooms as well as all kinds of events.
You may sample simple yet tasty ‘brasserie’ dishes, prepared with quality produce, from lunch to dinner-time. Let’s not forget afternoon tea, for which we recommend the heart-shaped Brussels waffle, notably made from organic spelt flour from the Moulin de Hollange.
Place Keym 15, 1170 Watermael-Boitsfort
Tel. 02 679 01 53
Chez Josy is open Monday to Saturday from 10.30 to 18.00.
Cost/person: from 15 to 25 euro.
Chez Josy is an organic grocery, well stocked with both fresh and dry products, and a healthy eatery that freely adopts the principles of raw foodism.
Diners will therefore be offered a menu that changes daily, to keep pace as far as possible with the arrival of seasonal (organic) vegetables. Look out for dishes of multi-coloured vegetables, goat’s cheese, meatballs, large bowls of soup, fresh juices and so on. This is Slow Food, but it’s also light, fresh and tasty!
Open Tuesday to Saturday lunchtime and Wednesday to Saturday evening.
Lunch 12.50 euro and menu from 35 to 55 euro.
Run by a dynamic team, this friendly place is best known for its eagerness to break with the routines of everyday catering. Excited by the Goûter Bruxelles initiative, Denis, Manu and their colleagues decided to adopt a ‘local-vore’ approach.
After discovering new producers and suppliers, they swore they would strive all year round to buy locally and do all they could to support local food systems.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Rogierplein 3 – 1210 Sint-Joost-ten-Node
Tel. 02 224 34 20
Open for breakfast Monday to Friday from 06.30 to 10.30 (weekends and public holidays from 06.30 to 14.30), and for lunch Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 14.30.
The bar is open daily from 08.00 to 15.30.
Cost/person: 18 to 45 euro.
Christian Tirilly was born in France in Pont-l’Abbé in Brittany. He has lived in Brussels for 18 years and is Executive Chef at Sheraton Brussels Hotel, where he leads a team of 27 chefs. His cuisine is simple and creative, based on discovering and spotlighting regional produce. Christian is always eager to learn more and is very open-minded! These two qualities today enable him to work with Slow Food short-supply chains. Proof indeed that this can also be done in a large hotel group!
Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains 46, 1000 Brussels
Tel. 02 534 04 83
7/7, 12.00 to 14.00 and 18.00 to 21.00. Non-stop on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00.
From 15 to 20 euro.
‘Les Filles – Plaisirs Culinaires’ are keen to spread their foodie ethic to anyone listening. They deliver casserole dishes to your office, together with a dish of the day featuring market produce, and organise a catering workshop, guest table and cooking classes.
Les Filles make a point of selecting the best produce, depending on what is available from the top suppliers: organic local vegetables from Biosain, farm-raised poultry and other artisanal marvels, including quality food preserves from La Buena Tierra. The same goal can be seen in the wines, with a selection that is chiefly organic or biodynamic, from importers (Mig’s World Wines, La Boîte des Pinards, Jacques Gryson, La Buena Vida, etc.) that are known for their top credentials.
God save the Cream
131 rue de Stassart, 1050 Brussels
Tel. : 02/503.07.75 (Stephanie Corner)
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 11.30 to 18.00.
Saturday: 10.00 to 18.00.
Cost/person: 15 to 25 euro.
You will fall for British cuisine after a visit to this eatery, which offers a very popular brunch on Saturday. As everyone knows, British cuisine has come on leaps and bounds thanks to the crusading work of chef Jamie Oliver. The shelves of ‘God save the Cream’ offer a selection of superb products to take away after your lunch. These include Rosebud jams and chutney, crackers from Paxton, Roots organic biscuits and wings, and so on. Local producers are highlighted on the board, notably fruit and vegetables from GPFL, cheeses from Julien Hazard and the Acremont sheep farm, flour from Moulin de Hollange, and eggs from Ferme Censier.
Emmanuel Gaspart’s passion for this authentic cuisine may surprise you. For here you will find fondant scones, home-made pie, ploughman’s lunch (a selection of cheeses, crackers and a small salad), kedgeree (spicy rice with smoked fish), English cheeses, and delightful English cakes.
Rue de la Presse 23, 1000 Brussels
Tel. 02 217 38 31
Closed on Monday evening, weekends and public holidays.
Lunch 28 euro and menu from 40 to 50 euro.
A sunny restaurant, decorated in southern colours, with a warm atmosphere. The chef, David Monier, and his mother-in-law Noëlle bring a little bit of Provence to Brussels whilst adding a few other influences. They are very focused on local produce, as some of their plants are grown in the vegetable garden on the roof of the city’s royal library. Everything on offer is home-made and their ‘return to the market’ board is refreshed every day. Having frequented and worked in the best restaurants, David instinctively chooses fine and healthy produce. At his side, Noëlle comes up with some nice surprises in terms of organic or biodynamic wines!
Le Max is closed on Sunday.
Lunch 14 euro and menu from 20 to 45 euro.
Situated in an attractive house in Schaerbeek, Le Max is an institution in its quarter. Its speciality is Sardinian regional food, in the Slow Food style. A long-time supporter of Goûter Bruxelles, Roberto Pintus (who is also honorary president of the Slow Food Convivium in Brussels) has a year-round and genuine dedication to local and regional produce. He likes to combine the best produce from his native Sardinia with local vegetables from the Nos Pilifs farm. Depending on the season, you may also be served cress from Laeken, gathered from an area close to the royal domain.
Closed on Saturday lunchtime and Sunday.
Lunch: 18.50 euro and menu: from 40 to 50 euro.
Over time, this modern restaurant has become a gastronomic establishment focused on sustainability. Its menu includes fish aplenty, with MSC-certified seafood. The meat dishes, though less common, are all of high quality, such as the organic lamb from Gaume. Vegetables, salad and crudités also feature strongly, and not merely as garnishes. The restaurant also makes considered choices. For instance, its produce comes from local sources and organic agriculture, wherever possible. Moreover, dishes on the menu are only prepared with seasonal produce, whilst the commitment to ‘veggie Thursdays’ means that a vegetarian lunch is offered once a week. Lastly, the restaurant strives to offer healthy food, by cooking with steam or at low temperatures. The final result is tasty and large dishes, fresh and full of flavour.
Rue Lesbroussart 48, 1050 Brussels
Tel. 02 489 30 33 50
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday (lunch on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday).
Lunch 24 euro, evening menus 30 to 40 euro.
Nicolas is greatly inspired by molecular cooking. However, he goes a step further, by looking for tasty shortcuts to achieve a lightness that will delight diners’ tastebuds. His wine menu is brimming with natural and biodynamic wines. There is a timelessness to the place, created by its simplicity and the hosts’ charming welcome. Tables are wooden and chairs have a bistro style.
Rue de Livourne 154, 1000 Brussels
Tel. 02 513 29 59
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12.00 to 14.30.
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 19.00 to 23.00.
Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Monday evening, only groups by booking (min. 20 persons).
Lunch lunchtime 22 euro, menus from 38 euro, average cost: 50 to 70 euro.
Some people say that Constantin’s restaurant is the best Greek restaurant to be found outside of Greece. Without doubt, he masters the purchase and management of high-quality produce. His restaurant also offers diners the finest Greek wines. That said, he is happy to break with this tradition by symbolically including one Belgian wine on the menu.
Rue Charles Hanssens 5, 1000 Brussels
Tel. 02 502 75 81
Lunch 14.50 euro, menu 42 euro.
Philippe is a staunch supporter of Slow Food and is better placed than most to talk about it. Yet his dishes go way beyond this philosophy, since the credo ‘Good, Clean and Fair’ extends to every aspect of his wine menu.
Open Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 17.00.
Soup from 5 to 10 euro.
When it comes to soups, this establishment’s Lebanon-born hostess loves preparing a few fine exotic specialities. Among them are Turkish soup with bulgur, tomato and mint, an Indian-style cream of lentils with coconut milk, curry, ginger and tofu, and cream of carrots with cumin.
For those who prefer to stick to more traditional soups, there is cream of tomatoes with tarragon or a rice soup with leek and salted butter. All of these feature tasty flavours and come in generous servings, together with home-made bread.
This establishment has a bright, colourful and relaxing decor, with fun chandeliers, plus a bar where diners can sample sweets such as Eastern-style organic yogurt (dried fruit and honey), a hot crumble, and breakfasts.
Le Pigeon Noir
Rue Geleytsbeek 2, 1180 Uccle
Tel. 02 375 23 74
Open Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 14.30 and 19.00 to 22.30.
Menu from 40 to 50 euro.
Nestling besides the Avijl plateau, this small corner house is in lower Uccle, where place names are often Flemish and sound like the many rivers that crisscross the valley. A former site for pigeon fanciers, like ‘Le Repos de la Montagne’ not far away, Le Pigeon Noir is a celebration of ‘bistronomy’. It features a rustic setting, beams, plasterwork, wooden benches, and a bar for people to sip the house aperitif (white wine and Amer Labiau, a liqueur similar to Picon and produced close to Perwez in Wallonia) or maybe to eat alongside others if you happen to have forgotten to make a booking. For this is a restaurant that is often packed! The menu suggestions vary according to the market.
62 Place du Jeu de Balle, 1000 Brussels
Tel. : 02 540 89 99
Open Wednesday to Saturday 12.00 to 22.00.
Turn on your flashing lights and cruise down to this new restaurant as soon as you can! It’s located in an area formerly part of an old fire station, recently refurbished on the Place du Jeu de Balle.
The siren is already blaring: Charles Reboulet (owner of the bakery on Rue Sainte Catherine) and Thomas Carton manage this place, whilse Philippe Emanuelli (Supersec) and Philippe Renoux (Orphyse Chaussette) have a say on the menus. With people of this calibre backing the enterprise, we can look forward to first-class cuisine that is regional, local and seasonal. Any doubts you may have will vanish in seconds, once you learn that the Brasserie de la Senne has exclusively brewed a special beer (named ‘Pin Pon’, of course) for these valiant and admirable firemen.
Va doux vent
Rue des Carmélites 93, 1180 Uccle
Tel. 02 346 65 05
Closed on Saturday lunchtime (except groups of min. 10 pers.), Sunday and Monday.
Lunch 35 euro and menus from 60 to 80 euro.
After gaining work experience in some of Belgium’s best Michelin-starred restaurants, Stefan Jacobs, Romain Mouton and Gontran Buyse joined forces to launch a gastronomic ‘Va doux vent’ (vadouvan is a type of Indian curry) that deliberately calls on spices. This youthful cuisine from Brussels has the wind in its sails!
Wine Bar Sablon
Open Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 14.00 and Monday to Saturday from 19.00.
Menu: from 40 to 50 euro.
Vincent Thomaes is an excellent sommelier. So he naturally offers a magnificent selection of wines, including a biodynamic range, covering a wide spectrum of prices. They can be enjoyed with top regional produce from his own area, the Pays des Collines in Wallonia. This small and timeless establishment is perfect for a meal and passing a few pleasant hours.
Pretty unconventional, this neighbourhood restaurant is family-run, easy going and offers all the classics of Belgian and Brussels cuisine. Naturally, diners go there to enjoy mussels in season and ballekes (meatballs). Most surprising, however, is that the produce used are organic and the fact that this establishment is a fervent follower of the Slow Food movement.