Bite Me, Brussels.

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Archive for April, 2009

Delhaize hummus: not bad at all

Posted by Pi on April 23, 2009

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I suppose you can’t go wrong with this flavorful spread of chick peas.  The herbs on top were a nice touch.  Not bad, for a supermarket item!  Perfect for a picnic on those rare sunny days in Belgium, like we’ve been having recently.

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Fruit smoothie better than fish sauce

Posted by Pi on April 16, 2009

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A nice glass of freshly squeezed kiwi and orange juice can be found right down Anspach at El Metteko.  Visit it on a weekend afternoon when the place is empty and quieter, so you can either relax or get some work done.

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The smoothie was better than this whitefish dish (~10 euros).  The fish itself was flaky and tender, with a great taste, but that sauce was much too salty.

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Go for the smoothie and peaceful view of the street.  At night the place is a bar and must be reviewed in another entry…

El Metteko
Anspachlaan 88

Food: C+
Atmosphere: A (in the day)
Service: A (in the day)
Price: A-
Languages: French, English

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Don’t eat this eel

Posted by Pi on April 15, 2009

I thought I should let you know: I tasted the eel with green herbs (~24 euros) over at a Greek restaurant in Leuven, and for the record if you go there, don’t get it.  I’m used to fried eel from some Chinese places without the prickly spine and with much stronger flavor.  What “green herb” was it, too?  I suppose the enormous eel spine should have gotten me more worried, but a meal sopping with that much green stuff shouldn’t taste so bland.  At least it wasn’t marijauna.

The mixed grilled meat plate was much better.  They had tons of other great options, too, which you could order while sitting on their immensely peaceful backyard stone terrace.  Oh well.  Live and learn.

Mykene
Munstraat 44, Leuven

Languages: Dutch, English

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Romanian secret under your nose

Posted by Pi on April 13, 2009

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These deliciously heavy cabbage rolls stuffed with fragrant sausage mince meat and rice (~9 euros) impressed us all.  The polenta with Romanian crumbled cheese and sour cream on the side only added to the warm and full flavors.  Coupled with a bold red wine, that meal gives a great taste of what this tiny Romanian restaurant has to offer.

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Nestled among all the touristy cafes and fast food restaurants along Anspachlaan, it’s easy to miss.  But once you’re there surrounded by a new language, you realize how different this place is from the area.  Sure, the traditional countryside music in the background might be gimmicky, which apparently nobody in real life listens to ever, but the food and decor is all about comfort.

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Other good choices include this fried whitefish, with potatoes and salad.

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A solidly good meal is the creamy Transylvanian chicken with mushrooms, but don’t expect anything extraordinarily exotic with this choice.

Overall, as European restaurants go, this is a commendable small place for food with excellent and fast service, though it may be lost among the passable jumble of the rest of the street.  All the better, I say — fewer people to take my seat.

Restauration Roumain
Rue Grétry 13, by the Brouckère

Food: B+
Service: A
Atmosphere: B+
Price: A
Languages: Romanian, French

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Subtle, salty, sweet

Posted by Pi on April 8, 2009

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Rich buffalo mozzarella. Succulent and sweet tomato wedges. Shredded basil pesto with coarse salt and strong olive oil.

The best Caprese salad I’ve had in Belgium(~12 euros) by far came from Meet Meat between Schuman or Maelbeek. Each component was key, and the saltiness, tartness, and herb flavors complemented each other perfectly. What an excellent starter, especially for a South American steakhouse restaurant where meat is king.

Meet Meat
Rue Stevin, 124

Food: B+
Atmosphere: A
Price: C
Service: A-

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