The Best Restaurants In Matongé, Brussels, Belgium

Sara Gonçalves

The African quarter of Brussels lies the heart of the European capital. This bubbly, lively neighborhood didn’t always have the best reputation, but recent years have brought forth a new multi-cultural dynamic. Named after a district of the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, Matonge is home to not only African, but also Italian, Belgian and Japanese cuisines. Come with us on a trip around the globe!

Giacomo, in lunch preparations at Osteria Bolognese

1. Little Tokyo

Restaurant, Brasserie, Japanese, Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian

L’Horloge du Sud
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This cute little restaurant features a delightful terrace, lots of light and a trendy decor. There’s a cosy atmosphere with its blue and white bowls, colorful lamps, and wooden tables. Food is unpretentious and tasty. Benoit, the chef, changes the menu every three months, to adapt the food to the seasons. Lunch menus include a miso soup, a bowl of rice and the plat du jour, which on Fridays is always sushi.

2. L’Horloge du Sud

Restaurant, African, Vegetarian

This is not just another African restaurant: it also hosts concerts, debates, films, and art shows. The owner takes pride in this restaurant, which is also a cultural meeting point, providing soulfood for its customers. Try the lake tanganika tilapia fish, or the beef cheeks wrapped in sweet potato leaves, or yet the ‘kedjenou,’ a rich guinea-fowl stew that is the national dish of Ivory Coast. You will need to order some side dishes if you want rice or potatoes, since the main dishes come without them. For the curious foodie, do note you can also try crocodile here! Don’t expect a fancy place: the chairs and tables are set up like a canteen, but the service is friendly and attentive.

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