This is a typical Italian osteria in the center of Matonge. Rue de la Paix hosts a lot of restaurants, but this little Italian place, simple in its decoration, offers genuine Italian food made with fresh products coming from local producers in Bologna. Giacomo opened in late 2013, and nowadays you have to book in advance if you want to get a table. Giacomo recommends the maccheroni guanciale (pig’s cheek) with pecorino talamello. Highlights also include the scarmorza ravioli with aubergine, and the heavenly homemade tiramisú. Service is friendly, the wine is excellent, and the food shows why Italian cuisine is always popular.
Osteria Bolognese, Rue de la Paix 49, Brussels, Belgium, +32 260 851 54
Au Soleil d’Afrique
Craving some chicken wings? Word on the street is that the best in town are served here, with a side of spicy or peanut sauce. Try the maffé (beef stew), yassa (spicy marinated chicken or fish) or grilled lotte, traditional Senegalese specialties. Portions are generous and served with plenty of rice and the prices are great. The beers are equally cheap and we love the colorful paintings that fill the walls and tables; the atmosphere is cool and relaxed. Crowds gather here after apéro from Place du Luxembourg, so expect a busy and easy-going vibe. This is a pedestrian street, so it’s perfect for socializing on the outside terrace.
Au Soleil D’Afrique, Rue Longue Vie 10, Brussels, Belgium, +32 486 302 640
Mumtaz is one of the best Indian restaurants in Brussels. Don’t let yourself be fooled by the decoration, which could indeed benefit from a makeover. In the food department their rating is top flavor: curries, samosas, tandoori chicken, warm naans, and mango lassies. If you take away your food, you will get a 10% discount. The prices are affordable and the waiters attentive. Booking is recommended, and their chicken tikka masala has gained quite the reputation.
Mumtaz,Chaussée de Wavre 64, Brussels, Belgium, +32 251 254 27
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.
Little Tokyo, Rue Saint-Boniface 15, Brussels, Belgium, +32 251 348 41
L’Horloge du Sud
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.