Caffè al Dente is as good as Italian food gets. Serving fresh, delicious Italian cuisine actually prepared by a real Italian mamma, it’s hard not to fall in love with this place. The restaurant has a great atmosphere, and they have recently added a grocery store and wine bar to the premises.
Caffè al Dente, 85-87 Rue du Doyenné, Brussels, Belgium +32 234 345 23
I Monticelli is somewhat legendary. The interior has improved a little since they moved to their new premises (think football posters and a disheveled billiards table to get an idea of their previous interior), but here the focus is all about the food. And the food is truly wonderful. A true family business, I Monticelli is the real deal, with fantastic, high-quality dishes by Chef Michaël and his family.
I Monticelli, 153 Rue Edith Cavell, Brussels, Belgium +32 253 435 85
Another Uccle institution that simply should not be missed. Au Vieux Spijtigen Duivel is one of the oldest estaminets in Brussels. It is said that Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire and even Emperor Charles Quint himself all stopped here for a pint at some point in history, and it isn’t hard to understand why, as the Spijtigen Duivel is still just as charming as ever.
Charlotte Café/Cuisine takes its name from a familiar face in the neighborhood; a certain Charlotte who used to run a frietkot (a french fries stand) near the premises of the café (called Le Vieux Dieweg back in the day). The owners of Charlotte Café/Cuisine have dedicated their brand new restaurant to her, and even staged a fictional marriage between Charlotte and Émile, another famous character from Brussels who has his very own bistro dedicated to him. The food is great and the terrace is perfect for a drink or two, so don’t hesitate to try out this wonderful new address.
Charlotte Café/Cuisine, 2 Dieweg, Brussels, Belgium +32 237 447 19