As the de facto capital of the European Union, Brussels is home to a lot of diplomats from all over the world. It is no wonder good restaurants are a dime a dozen in this cosmopolitan city. We’ve selected the 10 best ones for you.
Au Vieux Bruxelles has been standing in the heart of St. Boniface since 1882, and can easily claim the title of the most Bruxellois restaurant in the area. Its charm is due to its simplicity, where wood-paneled walls, checkered table covers and countless memorabilia scattered around the room transport diners to another era. Expect to see the best of traditional Brussels fare on the menu, from the Gueuze beer carbonnade with chips to the waterzooi chicken stew and some of the best moules frites (mussels with chips) in town. However, be careful not to miss Au Vieux Bruxelles while walking by – the tumbledown exterior and plastic chairs set on the street outside do a great job at camouflaging this hidden gem of a restaurant.
Universally acclaimed as one of the best spots for authentic fare in the capital, Fin de Siècle is all about the heavy, hearty flavors of Belgian cuisine. Get ready to taste the classic sausage and stoemp (mashed potatoes) smothered in a thick sauce, the ever-local carbonnade – Belgium’s answer to the Hungarian goulash – and numerous other delicacies best washed down with a glass of beer. The setting is basic and convivial, but Fin de Siècle has the kind of charm that makes it an instant favorite with guests, who always come back for more. Make sure you get there early as the restaurant doesn’t accept bookings, and there’s always a queue thanks to its popularity and location right by Saint-Géry.
This tonguebreaker of a restaurant name is Brussels dialect for nooit niet genoeg in Dutch, which translates to never enough in English. Fittingly, portions at Nüetnigenough are rather large. They not only serve good food here, there is also a pretty extensive beer selection, with some rare drafts from all over the country. Despite being a very popular place to eat (and drink!), Nüetnigenough doesn’t take reservations.
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