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“Parakeet” because there are parakeets in the area. And because the decor takes up the colors of these noisy birds – deep blue on the ceiling, enamelled green on the walls. We go there in the morning for a brunch (which is worth the trip thanks, among other things, to a nice menu of teas and coffees), at lunchtime and in the evening for an efficient and flawless cuisine. You can also have fun with a cocktail or a good glass of wine. Unlike the bird that lends it its name, the place does not break your head, you would even want to come back often.
Avenue Emile Max 85, 1030 Schaerbeek. 0474/02.34.99.
The first (and probably not the last) of the franchisees of this brand born in 2017 is located in a fairly quiet area of Woluwe. The concept plays on the cocktail and the gourmet burger. A few compositions – the Warrior Burger or the Burj Khalifa – really live up to their names, challenge the appetite and put dieticians in PLS. But hey, with thirty-seven (37!) burgers – including vegan -, there’s something to satisfy all tastes.
Chaussée de Roodebeek 260, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert. 02/772.99.12. www.greenmango.be
The young César Hoed orchestrates the menu of this brand new vegan address where vegetable lovers already meet. We ate an exquisitely fresh tomato-melon gazpacho, but also a zucchini – whole – and roasted, garnished with mousse to die for. The vegetable rotisserie being the basic concept of this restaurant located in the middle of the movida district of Saint-Gilles.
Rue de la Victoire 23, 1060 Saint-Gilles. 02/315.62.08. www.ioda.be
LPB Bistro – Wine bar and dining cellar
LPB, the little shop was born in Singapore in 2014. The rest is taking place in Brussels recently… There is a classic menu, with products that please and play with discoveries such as these Irish knives with parsley. A cuisine that slaloms between tapas, cheeses from France and elsewhere, good charcuterie. Only regret: there could be more Belgian products in this exceptional selection. On the shop side there are beautiful products and well-selected wines. Originality, you can become a member for life!
Chaussée de Waterloo 586, 1050 Ixelles. 02/726.94.92. www.lpbmarket.be/lpb-bistro
A catch-all place in this trend of agile decompartmentalization that makes you want to discover. Coworking space, restaurant, meeting rooms, café, the Wokr17 is also a cellar where you can store your bottles or call on the team which offers you a monthly selection. All in one place, it’s devilishly daring, but I’m sure it’s going to be a hit. Plus, it looks great – which doesn’t hurt.
Rue du Berger 17, 1050 Ixelles. 02/840.68.62. www.wokr.eu
It was called Sausice, and now Flame. Hanna Deroover and Bénédicte Bantuelle have refined their restaurant-catering concept down to the smallest detail. From the music to the sandstone carafes, via the coffee from Or ground by the minute, and dosed precisely before being served in its Mélior version, nothing is left to chance. The wine list, essentially natural, offers “skittles” at all prices for all budgets. Last detail, and not least, next to the restaurant/bistro, there is the house caterer which is worth the stop.
Romania Street 56, 1060 Saint-Gilles.
“An authentic and committed restaurant.” When I read this kind of ad, I tend to run away. I can’t imagine sitting in a restaurant that isn’t authentic. But I confess: I fell in love. A simple kitchen with local products. Simple cooking, that is to say controlled and not fashionable. A kitchen that speaks to the brain and the heart. The service is joyful, and Kevin the sommelier is from this generation that has forgotten to be pompous. Happiness.
Chaussée de Wavre 168, 1050 Ixelles. 02/502.61.65. www.restaurantletournant.com
Open for some time, the place has become a classic in front of which we queue. It is listed in Michelin and was visited this summer by Ed Sheeran… Asian cuisines are mixed here, without complex but with exceptional finesse and tact. Slight downside, it can be noisy at times, but it’s so good it’s quickly forgotten.
Rue Tenbosch 110, 1050 Ixelles. No reservation. www.oldboyrestaurant.com
Grap Wine Bar
A small square, lime trees, a light garland for the atmosphere. It feels like somewhere in a postcard South where life is good over time. Tapas bar and Portuguese and Belgian wines, this oasis in a very quiet area makes you want to enjoy without worrying.
Rue Wappers, 1000 Brussels. 0494/15.12.47.
Been to Ricotta & Parmesan? Unik is their new expression, a wine bar (and what wines!), a cocktail bar in a cellar that plays it a bit speakeasy. It’s also a sandwich shop (don’t look for your usual Martino, he’s not the type) offering specialty boards (to die for!). All in an atmosphere that is both cozy and unfussy. Extend your holidays and avanti la musica!
Rue de l’Écuyer 45, 1000 Brussels. 02/779.99.39. www.unik.brussels
The Kanaal Lighthouse
New team for this essential meeting place. The atmosphere is always light, smiling and the service very relaxed. The bread comes from next door (boulangerie C’est si bon), the soups and salads are really homemade and carefully sourced with full transparency. An oasis of tranquility by the canal.
Quai des Charbonnages 40, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean. 02/410.06.84. www.lepharedukanaal.com
Here, where the cuisine embraces the world and plays with all influences, you will feel at home. But you will be surprised by the flavors, the scents, the textures. Cooking is a path, a journey, a story and far too few restaurants express it like here. Let yourself embark on a truly original trip.
Rue du Marché aux Poulets 32, 1000 Brussels. 02/347.02.91. www.le-conteur.com
The Little Mercado
We want to come here for everything and for nothing. To have a coffee as it is good or to enjoy the atmosphere. This place, half bistro, half grocery store, gives the impression, from the first visit, that you are a regular. There are, among other things, focaccia, Italian baguette and hummus.
Rue de l’Hôtel des Monnaies 82, 1060 Saint-Gilles. 02/428.08.62.
It is impossible to discuss the revival of Brussels restaurants without pointing out the micro, nano and other gipsy-breweries. Here, the designers have gone a step further, we don’t just make beer with sausage, we cook. Everything is homemade, sourced with care. We eat real, good, juicy, Brussels too with this revival of Brussels cheese to lick your fingers. Not to mention the four house beers made on site. I quite like the Brussels Zuur…
Place du Jeu de balle 50, 1000 Brussels.