Avenue Louise is the epitome of Belgian luxury and is located right in the heart of the beloved city of Brussels. The Avenue is a catwalk of prominent international brands and towering avant-garde buildings, some of which are home to the city’s best multi-ethnic restaurants. Here are 10 of the best.
La Porte des Indes
La Porte des Indes
Avenue Louise not only brings together international business brands, but also international cuisines. La Porte des Indes is a gorgeous high-end restaurant in the heart of the Avenue serving authentic Indian food. Reviewers rave about the restaurant’s luxurious, colonial-era decor and colorful touches such as the sky-blue chandeliers, burnt orange furnishings and crisp white-linen tablecloths. The delicious dishes range from North Indian to Bangladeshi and cater to vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike.
Address and telephone number: 455 Avenue Louise, Brussels 1050, Belgium +32 2 647 86 51
De la Vigne a l'Assiette
Restaurant, Belgian, $$$
De la Vigne a l’Assiette
Though French restaurants are abundant in Brussels, De la Vigne a l’Assiette represents a departure from the usual cuisine and decor by emphasizing minimalism in color, lighting and furnishing. You can ask the owner to hand-select the ideal wine for your meal, which takes its inspiration from Belgian-style cooking. With multiple mentions in Dutch and French wine connoisseur magazines, you must pay this restaurant a visit.
Address and telephone number: Rue De La Longue Haie, 51, Brussels 1000, Belgium +32 2 647 68 03
Restaurant, Middle Eastern, $$$
Mont Liban is a hole-in-the-wall Lebanese restaurant tucked in between beautiful Art Nouveau buildings. Mont Liban serves true Lebanese cuisine from noon to nearly midnight, offering palatable plates heaped with tender lamb kebabs marinated in a traditional spicy sauce, as well as other popular Lebanese delicacies. A sure sign of Mont Liban’s authentic cooking is how the place is always filled with Brussels’ Middle Eastern residents.
Address and telephone number: Rue de Livourne 30-32, Brussels, Belgium +32 2 537 71 31
Gazzetta is a dazzling tribute to Italian cuisine. Gazzetta specializes in small portions of light yet filling dishes. Locals love the authentic burrata used to top the handmade pastas, a delicate cheese made from fresh mozzarella and rich cream. The sauce is also made from scratch each day, using all fresh and natural ingredients.
Address and telephone number: Rue de la Longue Haie 12, 1000 Brussels, Belgium +32 2 513 92 13
Sushi Factory is a French-themed Japanese restaurant along Avenue Louise exclusive to the area. Although this sushi-specialty noodle bar leans away from the expensive side, it does not compromise on the quality of the ingredients. The restaurant interior is casual and the ambiance is laid-back, with ample seating both inside and outside the restaurant. Enjoy spicy noodles and sauteed vegetables drenched in zesty soy sauce or a light bite of a salmon and avocado sushi roll.
Address and telephone number: Avenue Louise 216, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium +32 2 646 20 20
Italian eateries pop up quite often along Avenue Louise, but what sets Ciao Bella apart from the rest is its relaxed, calm atmosphere. Ciao Bella manages to provide a familiar, enveloping atmosphere without being overbearing. The chef has his own handcrafted menu inspired by his Italian roots.
Address and telephone number: Rue Veydt 50, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium +32 02 538 57 17
If you’ve never sampled Tibetan cuisine, head to Momo on Rue Defacqz. Tucked away in the nearby neighborhood of Ixelles, this Japanese-Tibetan fusion restaurant offers Belgians an opportunity to taste the delicate flavors of Asia in a single, dumpling-sized bite. Dining at Momo is a tasty way to eat your vegetables by marinating them with Tibetan herbs and Asian flavors, stuffing them inside soft and tender dumplings or offering them alongside the dumplings on a lunchbox-style meal tray.
Address and telephone number: 27 Rue Defacqz, 1050 Brussels, Belgium +32 2 522 09 68
Situated in the trendy Chatelain area of Ixelles, Prego! is a casual take on the more traditional and formal Italian ristorante. Not only can you get all of the classic dishes you’d find at any typical Italian restaurant, there are also some surprises on offer. Try the grilled sardines for a salty bite of charred flavor, or the grilled octopus tentacles cooked to tender perfection.
Address and telephone number: 51 Rue de Livourne, Ixelles, Brussels 1050, Belgium +32 2 762 11 02
Gastropub, Restaurant, American, $$$
American gastropub cuisine makes a welcome appearance on Avenue Louise in the form of Manhattn’s Burgers. You can’t miss this New York-inspired venue, what with its name lit up in golden Broadway-style lights and cool, hardwood interiors. Each gourmet burger is made with grass-fed matured beef and is named after a popular New York City suburb, landmark or pop culture reference. Try the Rockefeller Burger topped with caramelized onions, the Tribeca chicken burger, or the ever-popular Empire Burger made with a secret sauce.
Address and telephone number: Avenue Louise 164, Brussels 1000, Belgium +32 2 649 85 95
Le Chou de Bruxelles
Le Chou de Bruxelles proudly offers dishes of distinct Belgian heritage at prices that represent the high-quality ingredients and technical finesse offered here. There is seating both indoors and outdoors, so grab a table on the patio and enjoy the famous Belgian specialty, mussels. Le Chou offers over thirty different sauces to accompany perfectly cooked mussels, as well as an indulgent dessert menu.
Address and telephone number: Rue de Florence 26, Ixelles, Brussels 1050, Belgium +32 2 537 69 95