Bite Me, Brussels.

Reviewing food for the foreigners, without all the fluff.

La Dolma Vita

Posted by rachelinbxl on April 5, 2010

I am new to the Bite Me Brussels team of bloggers. We are now 3. I had met pieguybxl at a party, and now I was to meet brucru08. I suggested a new Japanese place near Flagey (Ebisu). I had read an article about this new Japanese place proving to Brussels that it was not just about sushi. Maybe I was trying too hard to prove that I knew cool new places to try. Anyway, we met there at 12:30 (well actually I met pieguybxl and his brother in the Flagey market as I tried to stay warm with a hot chocolate). The Japanese place was closed. This was actually a blessing in disguise as Ebisu, while the food is praised in every article pasted on their window, is truly 3x3m. Strictly take away only. Not even sure how it doubles as a sake bar. Where does one stand??

Anyway, we were hungry, and it was cold, so we started a search for something else we could test in the Flagey area. Now none of us are from that area of Brussels, but Flagey is not lacking restaurants. However, restos that are open on Easter Saturday – few and far between. We eventually ended up, quite randomly, at Dolma. This is, I have found afterwards, a famous veggie location. It’s another tardis like place – far bigger on the inside than you would think from the outside. They have a buffet for 15 euros – including one dessert plate. I will be heading back. They have a choice of cold salads (with fresh leaves and various mixes, I enjoyed the quinoa and red lentil salad with raisins and pine nuts). Then there is a pie, seen in the image – this was a leek one. There are various ‘bain marie’ dishes. We had courgettes and a red kidney bean salsa (in tomato sauce, heavy on rosemary – I quite liked it but others were less convinced). Our absolute favourite was the oven roasted pumpkin slices (with skin still on) draped with avocado slices (also from the oven, I believe, I never knew you could do this with avocado). This was really a delightful mix, texture and taste. we all took seconds. There was a choice of rice, as well as bread (which I didn’t test). All of this is vegetarian, some is vegan, and most is organic.



After 2 platefuls of savoury delights (at round two there was an African spinach dish with some exotic spices but I didn’t get a photo), we moved on to dessert. perhaps now is also the time to mention that between buffet services (lunch and dinner), the Dolma is a tea room. They have an impressive tea menu (including organic ones sold in the shop attached next door). I ordered a Tibetan tea and was offered the choice of traditional (made with butter, salt, milk etc) or the plain (I took plain, after all its a buffet!). It was rather bland, so maybe I should have taken the leap and gone with the -i cant believe its not yak milk- version. The Dolma’s signature dessert is a chocolate pie where the chocolate is a moussey layer, over chestnut creme, on a biscuit base. It is sickly and heavy, but quite interesting. I preferred my pear pie (like apple pie but slightly richer in taste).

The pear tart

The pear tart

Pieguybxl took the genoise with raspberry which was also tasty. We didn’t try the vegan rice pudding with apple. All in all an excellent ‘second choice’ restaurant that I will be testing again. Hope the pumpkin is served again!


Food: A-
Atmosphere: A
Price: A-
Service: A-

Languages: French, English

6 Responses to “La Dolma Vita”

  1. brucru08 said

    I second that the pumpkin and avocado were excellent. Overall, the buffet was well worth the money. I also think that the interior is quite comfortable and nice, and that the front of the restaurant unfortunately doesn’t do it justice. It is an excellent find just under our noses!

  2. pieguybxl said

    I would go there just for the pumpkin. That good.
    And I plan on getting a take-out raspberry cake later…

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  4. Yvonne said

    This sounds good as a potential Sunday Brunch place? Is it open Sundays?
    And whats the actual address (Flagey is pretty big…)

  5. Rachel said

    It’s about 30m up Chaussee d’Ixelles. Almost opposite les Petits Riens.
    02 649 89 81 is the telephone number. Their website does not say they are open on Sundays. So I fear you may be out of luck

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