26 Oct WHERE AND WHAT TO EAT IN BRUSSELS
Although I left Brussels some days ago am still dreaming of its food. But boy, I have to admit that if I had stayed for long, probably would’ve fallen into an eternal food coma 😕
Before arriving at the city, I only had in mind waffles, chocolate and beer, like loads of beer. We’re not going to lie. After spending 5 days in and beyond I can assure that there’s much more to eat and I did a research on where to eat the best waffles, best chocolates, best fries and best beer in Brussels.
Let’s the food game begin!
WAFFLES ON WAFFLES ON WAFFLES
While in the city centre, wherever you go, wherever you are going to find a waffle shop. You know waffles have got to be serious when nearly every food truck in the country sells the exact same food item. Belgians don’t mess around with that.
Indulge yourself with the Brussel’s Waffle version, fluffy, light and generally rectangular, or with a Liege Waffle, which is more doughy with chunks of sugar in the batter that caramelise as it cooks. The result is a more dense, chewy waffle with golden chunks of melted sugar baked right in. Pair it with dusted sugar, whipped cream, strawberries, Nutella or whatever you can imagine (thus there are plenty of toppings to go around).
Although all these little stands, there’s nothing better than an artisan waffle, and in my opinion, the best place you could eat waffles all over the city is Le Maison Dandoy. Yuuuum 😛
Fries -or frites in french- are a huge part of Belgium’s cultural heritage. Though the origin of fries isn’t clear, there is no doubt that here is where have been perfected. Cooked twice in tallow oil, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, are served piping hot in a paper cone with a large dollop of mayonnaise (or another one of the 10 or so sauces to choose) on top!
While you can get fries at any restaurant, they are invariably best from an authentic Fritkot, the fries kiosks that invade all the city. While most of them do serve other foods (all of them deep-fried), the highlight is always cooking fries to a crispy, golden perfection.
You can eat them at Maison Antoine, Fritland and Frit Flagey.
THE BEST CHOCOLATE!
Belgian chocolate doesn’t need any introduction. Everybody knows that Brussels is not just the capital of Europe but the chocolate capital of the world. A place where one only has to breathe the city’s air to get a heady hit of the delicacy.
Although most of the cacao doesn’t come from Belgium but from numerous places around South America, Africa and beyond, after years and years of chocolate trading added with the high-level competition for quality chocolate, the chocolatiers in Belgium have learned some tricks that make chocolate tastes as good as it does in Belgium nowhere else in the world.
My all time favourite chocolate shops are Neuhaus, Galler, Laurent Gerbaud, Pierre Marcolini and Godiva, where mountains and mountains of chocolate would make you mouth-watering. But the best of all arrives when they give you free samples, yay! 😀
Over 3000 types of beer are what you can find at the Delirium Café. Nowhere else in the world there is so much variety, so merry yourself and go tasting beers! Within you’ll make friends and all the beers, you wouldn’t leave the local. I warned you 😉
Once inside, be sure to try a Delirium Tremens, the beer that makes reference to a condition where, as a result of excessive alcohol consumption, one would hallucinate and see pink elephants (therefore, the pink elephant logo on the beer).
This place is the perfect one to try the lambic beers, a type of beer fermented spontaneously by being exposed to wild yeasts and bacteria native to the Zenna valley in which Brussels lies and which gives the beer its distinctive dry, vinous and cidery flavour. Among the styles of this family, I went for the Kriek, the one made of cherries. Very sweet for my taste.
The friendly staff would kindly introduce you to the lambic world and to some beers you might never have listened before.
À LA MORT SUBITE
Next to the Saint-Hubert Galleries and behind a simple facade, hides a classical tavern dating from 1928, where it serves one of the most famous beers of Belgium, À la mort subite.
With a more sophisticated drinking crowd than the other two breweries above, it is also a great place to go for a lambic beer. Their specialités are the Gueuze and the Kriek ones. But if you are not a lambic lover, they’ve got plenty of beer on tap as well.
Oh, and you can choose between some tapas to pair with the beer, but in my opinion are pretty expensive and not very remarkable.
Just situated at the Rue des Bouchers, the street with more touristy restaurants in Brussels, it is one of the most known restaurants for Moules et frites, the national Belgium dish of steamed mussels with fries! At a reasonable price of 15.99€ for the Formule Leon (mussels, frites and a beer!) is the only one worth going eating in the whole street and an unmissable when visiting Brussels!
Comme Chez Soi
A trip to Brussels wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the two Michelin-starred Comme Chez Soi for all these travellers who have a fine taste. Let yourself go by the house specialities that have held their own over four generations.
Besides serving great food, Comme Chez Soi is also well known for its fabulous wine collection. So people fly in from all over the world because of the beauties they have in their cellar.
This healthy chain of restaurants is all over the city centre. They serve from fresh salads to soup, sandwiches, pasta, desserts and cakes! And they have vegan and vegetarian options too. A perfect choice if you want to eat something quick on the street or in the hotel, at the same time you want to avoid the unhealthy options and stop gaining weight for a while 😉
Have you been to Brussels? Which are your favourite spots for waffles, chocolates, fries or beer? Tell it in the comments below!