The 1040 lies inside the Sofitel Brussels Europe, opposite the Place Jourdan Market and near Parc Léopold. Run by Belgian Jean-Philippe Watteyne and Italian Matteo Vannini, the restaurant focusses on Belgian classics with a unique, modern touch – think hearty, traditional dishes without the heaviness. The veal birds (beef slices with meat juice, stoemp, lime, thyme and carrot) is a knock-out. The moules-frites with celeriac is a tantalising take on the old-school dish, while the desserts alone make a visit to The 1040 worthwhile. Le Merveilleux by Watteyne is a delicious meringue with mascarpone cream and chocolate crisps, while the dame blanche (vanilla ice cream with cardamom-chocolate sauce) is fantastic.