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Archive for April, 2010

Lunch at Pl Jourdan – but not as you know it…

Posted by nandosgirl on April 29, 2010

As a first time contributer and a long time eater, I thought my first few postings should be about food I love. Today it was all about Tunisian food at Chez Fatma. It has many similarities to Moroccan food but small elements in the spices they use for their meats and salads make it slightly fresher on a warm day. This centrally placed restaurant in Place Jourdan makes it ideal for a slightly different type of food at a popular location!

We sat outside with a strong desire for a quick lunch and decided to go for the specials. My friend ordered the Grilled Chicken with a Tunisian Salad and I ordered a Skewer of Lamb/Merguez with a Tunisian Salad. The results were a quite pleasing, with freshly prepared salads with the right amount of dressing and the meats spiced and cooked to a perfect tenderness. The service was a little slow at first but we were the first people there and the waitress did underestimate how hungry we were, ultimately she picked up the speed when she realized we were decisive eaters.

For two mint teas and two main courses the meal averaged €30, which may seem a little over the odds for one meal during lunch where you are competing with the Frites House but the food was very good!

Chez Fatma

Place Jourdan 18
1040 BRUSSELS

Food: B+
Atmosphere: B
Service: B
Price: B
Languages: French, English

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Shards of flavor exploding in my mouth!

Posted by Pi on April 29, 2010

Recently, the pretty excellent Flemish catering company Kwizine introduced me to explosiesuiker.

I got a surprise when eating some dessert, since it only looked like chunky brown sugar, but as soon as it contacted the water in my mouth, little fireworks went off in my mouth.  The guy sitting next to me could hear it through my cheeks.  I was either being drugged or being fed something similar to Poprocks candy, except Dutch or Flemish, and fortunately there was no pain involved despite what I titled this post.  The surprise was nice.  I can imagine using it for random desserts, drinks, and pranks.  Go search for some explosiesuiker on the web, and you’ll see what I mean.

By the way, if you’re looking for a caterer for business or party events, the food prepared by Kwizine pretty much is on par with the high-class pictures on the website.  I highly recommend looking into the small business.

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My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard (once) but do they come back?

Posted by spacemonkey99 on April 28, 2010

I wrote the below post a week or two ago, and after returning to this place for a Sunday afternoon snack, I have to review it and add some comments.  I mention below that the service could do with some improvement as it never polite to tell customers that they should “hurry up”.  Well, the level of rudeness went up a notch today when the waiter told us we hadn’t ordered much at all (c’est pas grande chose).  I think it took me a moment to register how rude this was, by which time he had already left. Two of us weren’t eating, but had ordered milkshakes. I wasn’t allowed to order a side of fries (which apparently can only be ordered if you order a main dish).  The other waiter who was clearing dishes, insisted we had to order with our own waiter (he couldn’t even pass along the message that we wanted the bill).  Since I work in a customer-oriented industry myself, I can only say this type of treatment is completely inappropriate.  You don’t take out your frustration/tiredness/negative emotions on your customers – who are paying!  I don’t care if this place were a Michelin star, top-notch place (which it isn’t): I WON’T BE GOING BACK.  I regret that I even spent 5 euros on a milkshake there today.

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Ah milkshakes and burgers, the classics of the American diner.  And that is exactly what you get at the Balmoral Milk Bar, in Place Brugmann.   With Grease playing in the background (including French subtitles), the cozy diner with the bright pink seats is packed on a Sunday around lunchtime.  Part of the attraction is surely the kids play corner in the back.   The other part must be the yummy chocolate milkshakes (the red berries and yogurt is also excellent).  The country club sandwich (10 euros) and the burgers (11 euros) are good: delicious, hearty and good sized-portions with quality ingredients.  The burgers are served with American-style potato wedges which are a definite crowd-pleaser.  Not recommended are the chilli-con-carne which lacked carne (we also got ours minus the cheese and onions mentioned on the menu and had to ask the waitress about the omission).  The fajitas are also recommended (choice of chicken, beef or mixed meat with sides including delicious, fresh guacamole ~17 euros).  The cheesecake (4 euros) was also very good: light and fluffy.  The only problem was that it tasted more like a lime key pie than a cheesecake.  All in all, I would definitely go back.  The downside of going on a Sunday is that it was so packed that the waitress asked us to hurry up with our dessert order as our table was reserved after us.  It’s never nice to be rushed through a course, even if its only dessert.

Balmoral Milk Bar

Place G. Brugmann 21

1050 Ixelles

Food: A-/B+
Atmosphere: B+

Service: F (downgraded from C/B-)

Price: A
Languages: French, English

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Not your average burger

Posted by rachelinbxl on April 27, 2010

I finally made it to Ebisu. I have been to the location twice before, at Easter when it was closed, and at a lunchtime when it promised to be open until 3:15 and closed at 2:30 just as I tried to go in 😦
But I persevered. I made it for lunch last Friday.
The gentleman taking the order is Belgian, but the chef(s) are Japanese, arrived from Tokyo recently. Ebisu is the name of a Tokyo metro station, and the restaurant is a takeaway bar of japanese proportions (very small). The menu is not extensive, but there is an interesting selection of NON sushi Japanese delicacies. The Wasabi burger looked good, as did the chicken with mango or apricots, as well as various caramalised meat dishes. I wasn’t very hungry, so I didn’t test the miso soup before my ‘burger’.

Pork, ginger 'burger'

Ebisu burger


The cardboard takeaway box was ready in 15 minutes, which gave me time to go buy a cheaper drink at the little Del Haize round the corner (though in the evening I would have been tempted by Umeshu, an amazing Japanese liqueur made from plums). I witnessed the careful frying of the rice burger buns. She uses sticky rice to make 2 patties and then heats them. The pork is fried with onion and ginger, soy sauce and served with fresh herbs. The salad was a nice addition, but the soggy fries were a waste of space. The pork was delicious and the rice patty underneath had absorbed the sauce, making it a challenge to eat with chopsticks, but very very yummy.
The total was 8 euros for a decent lunch… not bad, but perhaps not great value for money

Ebisu
Rue de Vergnies,
Flagey,
Ixelles

Food: B+
Atmosphere: C
Service: A-
Price: B
Languages: French, Japanese

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Beef, a Burger, and Beer at Belgian Les Brassins

Posted by Pi on April 25, 2010

Although we mentioned Les Brassins before, recently we had a chance to follow up with some photos of the things we liked there: onion soup (~5 euros), Tripel Karmeliet beer, sweet Faro Lindemans beer, lunch menu onglet beef steak (~13 euros) with stoemp and salad, the Brassins Burger with chunky fries (~13 euros), and a dame noir (~6 euros).  Nice little place.  The beer sauces are pretty good on the rabbit and beef dishes.  My worst experience is having my cut of onglet steak smell funny, but overall the food is still great, and the atmosphere is even better.


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