Bite Me, Brussels.

Reviewing food for the foreigners, without all the fluff.

Drunken, tender meat

Posted by Pi on January 24, 2010

Nestled in the center of Brussels in a quiet quarter south of the Grand Place is Restobières, the fabled specialist in Belgian dishes cooked in beer.  Although it’s maybe ten minutes away from the nearest metro by foot, the cuisine and cozy atmosphere is worth the walk.

Business was slow when we went, so the friendly waitress had lots of opportunity to help us choose beers and main dishes off the extensive menu.  A variety of unique beers were on offer that really shouldn’t be missed.

Of course the food was the kicker.  I had the beef carbonnade (12 euros), along with chunky stoemp mashed potatoes mixed with spinach and other vegetables.  It may sound like every other carbonnade in Belgium, but no — this meat was tender and juicy, and the rich beer sauce went perfectly with it.  The stoemp scoops also were unique, and had a roasted flavor in them.  This classic Belgian dish also looked as good as it tasted.

The next time I go back, I want to try the salmon filet in Kriek sauce.  Maybe I can order it take-out?

32 Rue des Renards, Brussels

Food: A-
Atmosphere: A
Price: A-
Service: A
Languages: French, English


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