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7 More Must Eat Restaurants in Belgium

By alison - April 4, 2014

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Best Restaurants in Belgium.

One of the tasty treats from our latest 7 favourite restaurants in Belgium

One of the tasty treats from our latest 7 favourite restaurants in Belgium

It’s been seven months since our last round up of restaurants we recommend in Brussels. We are long overdue to share our recent top picks. This time we didn’t limit ourselves to Brussels and have a pair of restaurants in Wallonia in the mix as well.

So without further delay, here are 7 more must eat restaurants in Belgium.

Les Petits Oignons

I passed this restaurant in the Sablon area, numerous times, and was intrigued by the colourful décor. However, when it came to deciding where to dine, I always seemed to forget about it. I finally got the chance to try it out, with a small group from Wallonia Brussels Tourism, and I’m glad I did.

The menu is extensive and features traditional Belgian dishes like vol-au-vent and steak frites. The set menus feature international cuisine with additions like risotto and octopus salad.

As I had a large lunch the day I visited, I opted for two starters: perfectly crispy grey shrimp croquettes and rich and delicious goose foie gras. My dining companions were equally pleased with their meals and I will definitely return to explore more of the menu.

Belgian Delights from Les Petits Oignons in Brussels

Belgian Delights from Les Petits Oignons in Brussels

Les Petits Oignons
rue de la Régence 25
1000 Bruxelles

Samouraï Ramen

We enjoyed Samourai Ramen so much; we wrote a whole post about it. If you are an Asian noodle lover, it bears repeating – go try Samourai Ramen! With huge bowls of delicious broth and thoroughly slurp-able noodles, if there is better ramen in Brussels, we haven’t yet found it.

Samourai Ramen noodles in Brussels

Samourai Ramen noodles are our favourite in Brussels

Samouraï Ramen
Rue Fossé-aux-loups 28
1000, Brussels

L’Agathopède

It’s great to have foodie friends in Belgium, because it can lead to discovering places you wouldn’t normally visit. When Emma, of Au Gout D’Emma, invited me to join her on a little Friday afternoon adventure to Namur, I jumped at the chance. Our mission was to visit L’Agathopède, the restaurant in the Royal Snail Hotel. (Read Emma’s review, in French.)

L’Agathopède is known, at least in francophone circles, because it is the new home of Chef Carl Gillain, a former Top Chef contestant. Gillain trained under L’Air du Temps master Sang-Hoon and has now struck out on his own. It’s obvious he’s reaching for that shiny Michelin star and I won’t be surprised when he gets it.

The lunch menu at L’Agathopède in Namur

The lunch menu at L’Agathopède is definitely worth the trip to Namur

The food at L’Agathopède is stunningly presented and the flavour combinations were innovative and surprising. There is definitely a strong Asian undercurrent to the food, but the flavours and ingredients come from around the world.

Our three-course lunch menu cost only 29€, a virtual steal, for the quality and service we received. I will definitely return. (I might even take Andrew next time.)

L’Agathopède 
23 Avenue de la Plante
5000 Namur

Alexandre

It may seem like Andrew and I eat out all the time, but it had actually been months since we went out to discover a new restaurant together – so we decided to choose a good one. We opted for one Michelin starred Alexandre on Rue du Midi. It took us a moment to find it, as the signage is discreet. We also had to buzz the door before we could enter, adding to the mystery.

The dining room is quite low-key for a Michelin-starred restaurant. But it was elegant and the service was friendly and professional. Interestingly, I noticed a few plating similarities with L’Agathopède, although the flavour combinations were quite different. There were several standout dishes, both in terms of flavour and presentation (I adored the tiny sofa).

Tasting menu at one Michelin starred Alexandre

Would you believe I don’t even have photos of everything we ate at 1-starred Alexandre in Brussels?

A meal at Alexandre is not cheap (although comparable to other Michelin starred venues in Brussels) however, there is a weekday lunch menu available for 35€. If you’re looking for an elegant dining experience, in Brussels, with an innovative menu, this may be the one for you.

Alexandre
Rue du Midi 164
1000 Brussels

La Buvette

If I was to recommend one restaurant you must eat at in Brussels right now, it would be La Buvette. We’ve written an entire post on La Buvette, but to summarise: original dishes, featuring organic, local ingredients at a very attractive price. Go now before everyone learns this secret.

La Buvette reigns as my best restaurant in Brussels

La Buvette reigns as my best restaurant in Brussels

Restaurant La Buvette
Ch. d’Alsemberg 108
1060 Saint-Gilles

Café des Spores

Café des Spores is a restaurant I’ve been wanting to write about (and return to) for years. If you love all things fungus, this is your restaurant. Owned by the folks who own La Buvette, everything on the menu features mushrooms – and that includes a cheese course and dessert.

Café des Spores mushroom restaurant in Brussels

Café des Spores mushroom restaurant in Brussels is one we need to revisit.

The menu has changed a bit since we’ve been there, but the creations cooked up in the open kitchen are all delightful. Request a seat on the upper level and you can watch your dinner being cooked below. The only reason not to visit this innovative restaurant is if you are allergic to mushrooms, in which case, we’re very sorry for you.

Cafe Des Spores
Chaussee D’Alsemberg 103
1060 Saint-Gilles

7 Fontaines Restaurant

This post’s award for ‘Restaurants Worth Leaving Brussels For’ goes to 7 Fontaines in Awenne, Belgium. We recommend you make visiting this restaurant and L’Auberge du Sabotier Hotel a weekend getaway. But even if you only have time for dinner, it’s well worth the trek. Read all about 7 Fontaines Restaurant and some unique activities awaiting you in the Ardennes.

7 Fontaines Restaurant in Awenne

7 Fontaines Restaurant in Awenne is definitely worth a weekend escape in the Ardennes.

7 Fontaines Restaurant
21, Grand Rue
B-6870 Awenne (Saint-Hubert)

Because you all seem to enjoy great Belgian restaurants as much as we do, we’ve decided to make these restaurant roundups a regular feature. Below, you can read the series thus far, and stay tuned for more restaurant favourites from Belgium coming soon.

If you know a restaurant that deserves our attention, drop us an email or leave a comment below. For more great restaurants in Belgium and beyond, check out our Restaurant Review page.


Alison
Alison Cornford-Matheson is a freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu She landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about this quirky little country. She loves to discover Belgium's hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She loves to travel the world with her husband, Andrew, and spend quiet nights reading with her cats and a glass of red wine. You can also follow her work on Google+
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8 comments

  1. Comment by Sarah

    Sarah April 4, 2014 at 14:39

    Alison, unfortunately the wonderful Icelandic chef from La Buvette has left, to open Souvenir in Ieper (Ypres). Wim has been back since our first out-of-this-world experience there and was very disappointed.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison April 4, 2014 at 18:57

      Nooooo! Oh that’s horrible news :( I guess I’ll have to make a trip to Ypres.

  2. Comment by Emma

    Emma April 4, 2014 at 17:37

    Do you know that Alexandre was also a former Top Chef contestant? Maybe that’s where the similarities with L’Agathopède come from?
    Anyway, I hope we can do another Friday excursion again very soon, I really enjoyed it. And if you like former Top Chefs candidates, I have another one for you in Mons… ;-)

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison April 4, 2014 at 18:34

      Ah ha! Maybe it is the Top Chef connection… I don’t know where the idea for the tiny sofa came from, but I wanted to put it in my pocket and take it home :) I’m definitely up for another Friday excursion! Top Chef or otherwise :)

  3. Comment by payo

    payo April 11, 2014 at 01:35

    I think they put too little food in the plate.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison April 11, 2014 at 10:23

      I guarantee, we didn’t leave any of these meals with room in our stomachs. :)

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison April 11, 2014 at 10:22

      Hi Stephanie! We LOVE Ghent. It might just be our favourite after Brussels. (Shhh, don’t tell the others ;) ) We have been wanting to get back and do a foodie visit because several of the restaurants we wanted to try were either booked or closed. We did find some great little gems though!

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