ComoTapas by Comocomo
ComoTapas, in the Dansaert area, has taken the handy conveyor belt typical of so many sushi places and uses it to serve both hot and cold tapas. Choose one of the tiny colorful plates (green indicating a vegetarian dish and black indicating a dish with meat), passing you by to dig into with your fingers, Comocomo style. The central wooden island gives the place a homey feel, making it perfect for dinner with a large group of friends.
ComoTapas by Comocomo, Antoine Dansaertstraat 19, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 503 03 30
Le Petit Canon
At the corner of Rue Lesbroussart and Rue de Hennin, you’ll find one of the coziest tapas bar in all of Brussels. Foodie adventurers find their fix at Le Petit Canon, where the tapas range from a haute dog with wasabi and crispy onions to a traditional Italian burrata (a cheese dish made with mozzarella and cream). It’s perfect for that apero and chat with a friend or lover in an intimate atmosphere.
Le Petit Canon, Rue Lesbroussart 91, 1050 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 640 38 34
If you’re looking to make tapas night a true fiesta with friends, step into the world of Tapas Locas, where the sangria flows freely and the atmosphere couldn’t feel more like that of an actual boisterous Spanish cantina. Go with the traditional patatas bravas and tortilla, or try one of their surprisingly gourmet dishes, such as aubergine caviar with tzatziki.
Tapas Locas, Rue du Marché au Charbon 74, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 502 12 68
Bar du Gaspi
Even with its terrace overlooking the stately Art Nouveau houses of the Avenue Louis Bertrand, Bar du Gaspi is known for more than its location. The site of the former ‘Le Gaspi,’ a cultural hot spot in the 80s where intellectuals and politicians of the day came to mingle, Bar du Gaspi recaptures the glory of its old digs in a foodie kind of way. Chef Michel serves the small gourmet platters he likes to call ‘Gaspas’ separately or in combo menus, with traditional Belgian beers on the side.
Bar du Gaspi, Chaussée de Haecht, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 245 22 30
If you like the element of surprise, Restaurant CO2, in the busy quarter of Place du Chatelain, might be the place for you. Their tapas platter to share comes with seven unknown delicacies from the chef to try. It’s an unexpected pleasure, at least if you don’t watch the open kitchen smack dab in the middle of the restaurant to see which one of the dishes being prepared is coming your way.
Restaurant CO2, Rue du page 46, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 537 80 47
Le Petit Comptoir
Julien Burlat and Benjamin Lagarde, both chefs with an impressive track record, have recently teamed up to head the new restaurant at Hôtel des Galeries. Even more intriguing though, is what the pair decided to install in the corridor in front of the actual restaurant: a stylish yet laid-back tapas bar, serving its tiny platters with great attention to its products’ origins. You might just end up not making it to the main dining room.
Le Petit Comptoir, Galerie du Roi 6, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 213 74 74
Pepete & Ronron
Not too far from the buzzing Dansaert Street lies Pepete & Ronron, a small wine and tapas place perfect for winding down after a week’s work. The terrace is gold for some people watching during sunny days, with a glass of rosé in hand and a plate of artisanal charcuterie in front of you.
Pepete & Ronron, Rue Léon Lepage 53, Brussels, Belgium, +32 505 58 55
A stone’s throw away from the Grand Place, Mario and Piero’s winehouse values quality as its top priority. While their dishes may not exactly fall within the strict definition of ‘tapas,’ Winehouse Osteria sure has a knack for turning out small, delicious Italian plates of colorful food. One of the best selections of charcuterie and cheeses in town will also go down nicely, paired with a good glass of red or white recommended by the wine connoisseur owners.
Winehouse Osteria, Rue de la Grande Ile 42, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 350 09 21
Le Fourneau Ibérique
You wouldn’t necessarily expect to find a great tapas place in the middle of a touristic area. Still, Le Fourneau Ibérique has built up a reputation among Brusselleirs as a guaranteed good meal, often consumed at one of the stools of the classy wooden bar. Its fixed menu offers up some surprising yet delectable experiments like a terrine of foie gras, goat cheese and quince jelly or a pumpkin cream with crispy ox tail.
Le Fourneau Ibérique, Place Sainte-Catherine 8, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 513 10 02