A Foodie’s Tour of Belgium
A Foodie Restaurant Tour of Brussels
Belgium has a huge foodie scene. While we were in Brussels, we had the great pleasure of experiencing a wide variety of gourmet cuisine. Here are our favorites:
If you’re looking for an upscale spot to eat out in Brussels, Senzanome should be at the top of your list. It’s a Michelin-star Italian restaurant with impeccable service in a modern and minimal setting. Based on classical italian ingredients and perfectly fresh products, chef Giovanni Bruno and his team offer creative dishes reflecting their gastronomic creativity combined with care for authenticity. The sommelier, Benjamin Lacombe, did a fantastic job of pairing six unique wines with our meal (several of which became new favorites of mine).
With a female chef who takes her art very seriously, you can expect to spend at least three hours at Cecilia Restaurant. The dishes are small and many, and mix locally-sourced flavors together perfectly. You can choose from either a five or an eight course meal, and indulge in per-course wine pairings. The interior is small and simple, with the back open to the kitchen, so you can see the chef put the final touches on each dish. Cecilia is in the downtown area, just around the corner from Le Grand Place, so there are a lot of lively places to have an after-dinner drink nearby.
This restaurant is located in uptown Brussels, and is known for the fresh seafood they serve. With three floors that are all open into the middle of the restaurant, there are plenty of gorgeous vantage points and romantic table seatings tucked away from the prying eyes of the Belgian upper-crust that frequent La Quincaillerie.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to go to a fancy restaurant to get really delicious gourmet food in Belgium. Here, almost every restaurant is gourmet. Our favorite grab-and-go lunch spot was Pistolet Original (which translates to “original gun/pistol” in English). Pistolet is the name of a famous type of round bread roll with a slit down the middle (yes, it kindof looks like a bum!) that was a Sunday-only delicacy during wartime. Owner Valerie Lepla remembered eating these rolls while growing up, but couldn’t find a restaurant that served them in a creative way, so she opened her own.
I can personally attest to the fact that these are the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. In. My. Life. They were so good that we ate at Pistolet every day we were in Brussels. As my husband just said, “I would literally fly back to Belgium just to have more of those sandwiches!” Filled with everything from shrimp to raw meat (those are called Americans!), these gourmet sandwiches are definitely not to be missed!
…and a great spot in Namur…
A quick drive from NE5T will take you to this fantastic waterfront restaurant.
La Plage d’Amee
Set right on the river Maas/Meuse in a very modern building, La Plage d’Amee is the perfect place to watch the sun go down. Beautifully presented dishes, wines selected expertly for each course, knowledgeable and multi-lingual staff providing excellent service with a price to match.
And speaking of desserts…