You can find as many restaurants in Brussels than in Paris, though the city is at least thrice smaller: Brussels is a real foodie place!
Now it has even created an event to make the task easier for us! Instead of criss-crossing the city in search of the best places to eat, I had the occasion to go to EAT!Brussels, a new festival dedicated to Brussels restaurants. The festival lasted from 13 until 16 September. It is closed now..but I hope there will be another edition next year!
The festival took place at the Bois de la Cambre, right next to the lake. The perfect place for this classy event with white marquees and bars, in which restaurants from all around Brussels where sampling a selection of their best dishes. The entrance is free, and plates cost between 6€ and 10€..with 2 to 3 dishes you’d be fine. Among the 30 stands, I spotted a few famous restaurants, but also many I had never heard of.
I went with some friends on Thursday evening and tested a few things, along with a glass of champagne. I would particularly recommend:
-Duck and foie gras pastilla from Le Cercle des Voyageurs (belgian cuisine & world food)
– Caramelized shredded veal with dried fruit from Babdar (moroccan cuisine)
– Beef Teryiaki from YuMe (fusion)
I am planning to go for dinner to one of these ASAP for a full review!
There were also a few stands dedicated to regional cuisine from partner regions rather than a restaurant in particular. For example: Budapest, Katanga, Quebec … A good way to discover how others cook..and eat!