After spending a year and a half in England, I was beyond excited to sample some Belgian fare during my recent trip to Brussels.
We visited A La Becasse for dinner our first night, per a Rick Steves recommendation. We wanted to check out the traditional clay pots in which they served lambic. Which was good, because the food selection was mostly deli sausages and cheeses or standard pasta dishes. Good food for a night of drinking, but not the best for a really hungry pregnant lady.
Restaurant ‘t Kelderke is a much better bet for a real meal: mussels, traditional Belgian dishes, and a great ambiance. It’s located in a brick cellar very near City Hall on the square. There’s padding above the doorway so you don’t knock your noggin going in. They have menus in English and the food is delicious.
Of course we had some waffles. First, with Belgian chocolate. Second, with speculoos, an insanely delicious gingerbread-like cookie (and sauce) distinctive to Belgium.
And we bought chocolate. The praline counters were too crowded to get good photos, but, trust me. If you want to show someone you love them, pick up a box from Neuhaus.
Novelty-seekers, head across the street to Floris Bar to try absinthe. Pregnant novelty-seekers, play photographer. It’s not every day that your friends are going to light sugar on fire to take a shot!
I’m certain there are so many more great places to eat and drink in Brussels. Have you been? What are your favorites?