It is well known that Brussels is one of the most international and multicultural capitals in Europe. This is especially evident on Rue de Moscou, a small street in the heart of the Saint Gilles neighborhood, where you’ll be confronted with aromas of colorful and exuberant cuisines. As Rudyard Kipling once said, ‘the first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.’ Find yourself transported to exotic locations at these restaurants.
In this Spanish restaurant you can try the most famous Spanish food: tapas. There is big variety of tapa, including dishes such jambon serrano, gambas en gabardine, and calamars à la plancha. The three recommended dishes from the chef are planche bar à gilles, planche espana, and the planche de la mer, to be shared between two people. The delicious food can be supplemented by the extensive list of wines. A good choice for the dessert is the glace spéculoos, parfaits d’orange et tuile aux pistaches (ice biscuit, with flavor of orange and pistachio tuile), for the chocolate lovers moëlleux au chocolat (chocolate cake) or mousse au chocolat (chocolate mousse). Painted bulls on the wall, an open kitchen, playful colors, and hanging glasses from the ceiling make Le Bar á Gilles even more tempting.
Address: Parvis Saint Gilles 28, 1060 Saint Gilles, Brussels, Belgium +32 (0)2 614 57 82
The trip continues to Africa in restaurant Chez Mimoun. The Moroccan dishes combined with the sweet, cozy atmosphere of the restaurant will take you to an old fortified city packed with street vendors and their stalls, mixed with modern characteristics. The mosaic on the wall and arch shaped windows make the place even more delightful. Highlights from the menu include the tajine or grillades garnier, and couscous is the best choice for the vegetarians. At the end of the dinner, Moroccan mint tea will help you digest delicious meal.
Address: Rue de Moscou 17, 1060 Saint Gilles, Brussels, Belgium +32 (0) 477 38 21 5
An African restaurant, Le Vieux Mila specializes in Cameroonian cuisine. The atmosphere is incredibly friendly and the special unique dishes that they offer are mouthwatering. Ndole’ is one of the most famous soups, which can be served in many combinations with meat or veggies. Additionally, the walnut, peanut and banana sauces are entirely delicious. A small restaurant with terrace for smooth nights in Brussels, the accompanying African music make you feel like you’ve left Europe.
Address: Rue de Moscou 28, 1060 Saint Gilles, Brussels, Belgium +32 (0) 476 90 03 46
This elegant, modish and cozy French restaurant serves highly gastronomical food. It offers many choices to start your dinner such as cheese croquettes, beef carpaccio, arugula and parmesan, shrimp croquettes and much more. The recommended dish is the côte à l’os for two persons. Côte à l’os is the best part of meat coming from the rib area, and promises a tender, juicy steak. To close a wonderful meal, choose from homemade pie, cake or a tarte, or something more refreshing such as a sorbet and ice cream.
Address: Rue de Moscou 32, 1060 Saint Gilles, Brussels, Belgium,+32 (0)2 534 51 00