Belgians sure love their food, and with more Michelin-star restaurants per capita than any other city in the world, Brussels is bursting with fantastic addresses. After recommending our favourite places to have a drink, check out art and spend all our hard earned cash, here are some of the kitchens we don’t tire of.
Words Renasha Khan
Delecta© Sarah Eechaut
The Delecta first opened its doors in 2001, although current owner Coralie Rutten – dubbed “La Biche” – took the place over in 2007. This bar-come-eatery has since become the “place to be” every Thursday night, when skilled DJ’s spin their favourite tunes to an audience composed of neighbourhood regulars as well as the city’s writers, musicians, graphic designers, actors and the likes. The Delecta’s wide selection of dishes has won the hearts and minds of its loyal clientele. And while the mix platter of meats, cheeses and grilled vegetables served with toasts is the most in demand, it’s the to-die-for chicken burger, served only during weekends, that keeps us coming back every time.Rue Lannoy 2 Lannoystraat
+32 (0) 2 644 19 49
L’épicerie Fine de la Senne
Rue du bon Secours 4 Bijstandstraat
Valérie and Christian opened this savoury deli and gourmet kitchenette in August 2004, nestled in the pedestrian street linking Boulevard Anspachlaan to Rue du Marché au Charbon/Kolenmarkt. Famed for its wide selection of fresh vegetables and anti pasti, L’épicerie also plays host to the odd exhibition or two (Valérie’s doing) whilst always playing a pleasant selection of tunes, courtesy of Christian. Aptly named after the 19th century river ﬂowing underneath it, L’épicerie is without a doubt the team’s favoured downtown lunchtime den.
+32 (0) 2 502 24 26
Rue Francart 11 Francartstraat
Renowned as one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city, authentic Ramens and Gyoza are the stars at this tiny hole-in-the-wall style restaurant. Yamato’s distinction means that it’s overwhelmed with customers and paired with the diminutive space, you’ll most definitely have to wait unless you’re there before opening hours. If anything though you’ll know its worth it. Frequented by the Brussels Japanese expat community as well as those on visit here you’ll be assured of the quality of the food on offer.
+32 (0) 2 502 28 93
Avenue de l’Hippodrome 2 Renbaanlaan
The Canterbury is a stalwart in the Brussels fine dining scene. Perfectly positioned in the idyll of the Ixelles/Elsene ponds, this brasserie specializes in traditional cuisine. Famous for its americain, it’s only fitting that Bill Clinton is regularly brought here during visits to the capital. The combination of fines wines, impeccable service and the quality of the food make the Canterbury the epitome of urbane dining.
+32 (0) 2 646 83 93
Nestled in the depths of central Brussels, surrounded by brasseries offering tourists menus, Mirante shines like a beacon of authenticity. Hailed as the best pizza joint in the city, this is the place to go for freshly made pasta, characteristic Italian charm and a heavenly slice. The restaurant boasts a genuine stone oven so you see your pizzas being made and the specials include veritable Italian regional delicacies, which change everyday. The brilliantly bizarre décor adds to the quirky appeal of this neighborhood gem. Beloved by locals, you’ll only need the olives, bread and quality olive oil that meets you on arrival to understand why.
+32 (0) 2 511 15 80