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L’Idiot du Village Restaurant in Brussels

By alison - January 16, 2012 (Updated: December 4, 2014)

L'Idiot du Village Restaurant, Brussels, Belgium

L’Idiot du Village Restaurant, Brussels, Belgium

Nestled on the corner of Rue Blaes and Rue Notre-Seigneur, in the Marolles, is a cosy little secret of in-the-know foodies. It’s called L’Idiot du Village, but even the village idiot will tell you, it’s worth finding this  little restaurant.

Foodies in Brussels know, choosing a restaurant in the city is always a dilemma. Do you seek out a new and untested venue and run the risk of a disappointing meal or do you return to a tried and true favourite.

Last week, Andrew and I decided to split the difference and visit a place we enjoyed many years ago but hadn’t returned to. It wasn’t for lack of trying. L’Idiot du Village is a popular spot and we never seemed able to get reservations when we thought of it. Finally we planned ahead and decided to see if it was a good as we remembered.

We were the first diners to arrive, on Wednesday night, but we were warmly welcomed by the host and server. We settled into a cosy window seat for two and had a look around.

L’Idiot still has the same quirky decor I remembered. It’s filled with colourful lampshades, flickering candles and curious objects. The wooden tables are painted bright blue and are set with heavy blue floral china.

L'Idiot du Village

The quirky, cosy interior of L’Idiot du Village

We started with a glass of bubbly and pondered the handwritten menus.

Andrew decided on scallops and while I pondered fish or beef, the host arrived and informed us of a few off-menu specials. My decision was tossed out, the second he mentioned pheasant. To start, we decided to share the foie gras.

With those decisions out of the way, it was time to turn to the wine list. It too was hand-written – on loose-leaf. Don’t ask me why I found this so charming, but I did. Andrew settled on a Saint-Estèphe and what a delicious choice it was.

In fact we were pleased with all of our choices. The foie was excellent and served with a poached pear. The basket of toasty, fresh bread was quickly put to good use.

We were glad we shared the starter when our mains arrived. The portions were hearty and filled our floral plates.

My pheasant was tasty and the potato galette was a great accompaniment. It was also served with the ubiquitous Belgian winter veg, chicon.

Pheasant with potato galette and chicory

Pheasant with potato galette and chicory

Andrew’s scallops were served with a very generous helping of veggie risotto. It didn’t stop him from snagging some of my pheasant when I wasn’t looking though.

Seared scallops and vegetable risotto

Seared scallops and vegetable risotto

We weren’t able to find room for dessert but the selection certainly tempted us. We settled for coffee and herbal tea, which came with some little sweet nibbles anyway.

The verdict – L’Idiot du Village lived up to our memories. The prices are on the high side for this type of food. However, considering the location  (very close to Sablon), the generous portion sizes, friendly service and cosy atmosphere, we felt they were justified.

We will definitely try not to wait another 5 years before returning.

L’Idiot du Village
Rue Notre-Seigneur, 19
1000 Brussels
Tel :  +32 (0)2 502 55 82

Hours:
Mon-Fri : 12:00-14:00 & 19:15-23:00
Sat-Sun: Closed

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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4 comments

  1. Comment by simon

    simon January 16, 2012 at 12:07

    Sorry to nitpick about typos, but this made me laugh: “My peasant was tasty”

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison January 16, 2012 at 12:23

      lol good catch! Must have been all the talk of village idiots. I was transported back to my peasant eating days in a past life 😉

  2. Comment by Amy

    Amy January 16, 2012 at 14:22

    Oh I’m so glad you did a post about this! It’s definitely one of my favorites. We’ll definitely be making a reservation as soon as we know when we’ll be in Brussels next! It would be worth it for the bread alone…..mmm!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison January 16, 2012 at 15:17

      Ooo yes. The bread was very good… especially with the foie 🙂

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