Bite Me, Brussels.

Reviewing food for the foreigners, without all the fluff.

Blue Bamboo at the Bourse

Posted by rachelinbxl on June 7, 2010

In my ongoing search for a truly great Thai curry at affordable prices, I tested New Bamboo near the Bourse.
It is a mix of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, in a very pleasant setting. They have an outdoor terrace, but we chose to avoid the smokers and keep our food a bit warmer. We were very hungry, so had soup for starters as well as the mains and the jasmine tea. We even had ‘entertainment’ by way of the Police being called to deal with a woman on the terrace who refused to pay for her meal. We couldn’t quite follow the whole story without really obviously getting up to go and hear what was going on, so we’re not sure if the food was TOO spicy or not spicy enough…. but either way, she paid in the end….

So, this is the sweetcorn and chicken soup. A very corny tasting soup, creamy and not overly salted. I liked it, but preferred the pepper soup.
The pepper soup (not actually spicy, but a very rich taste). Also contained chicken and mushrooms. A very tasty soup, though I’m still not sure which pepper they mean.

I had the red curry. it was definitely not too spicy.. in fact I make it spicier myself. Eating with an Algerian friend, she asked for her Beef Tipan (see below) extra extra spicy. The guy clearly didn’t dare overdo it, but in comparison my curry was bland! Still, the mix of spices was very nice, and the creaminess of the coconut milk was still very obvious. There was definitely 2 different chicken breasts in the dish, however, as some pieces of chicken were incredibly chewy, whereas others were deliciously tender. I wasn’t sure that this was due to the candle heating device they use to keep the meal warm.

Chicken curry

Chicken curry

Served up with the rice.

This was the extra spicy Beef Tipan, which made my nose run. My friend loved it though. The waiter was very interested to know what she thought, and almost pleased when she said that next time she’d ask for it even spicier! Maybe they get bored catering to our sensitive taste buds. Anyway… I couldn’t really taste the other veggies in the dish, due to the chilis.. but she informed me that the mushrooms and peppers were delicious.
Beef dish (spicy!)

Beef Tipan

The jasmine tea was plentiful and served hot, so we were best pleased. The meal was also fairly cheap.. once I’ve tested the others I’ll give a final verdict.

New au Bamboo Fleur
Jules van praetstraat
Bruxelles Ville

Food: B+
Atmosphere: B-
Service: B
Price: A-
Languages: French, probably Vietnamese!


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