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Pizza at St Job

Posted by rachelinbxl on December 6, 2011

I work in Uccle, and the nearest concentration of restaurants is Place St Job. The cheap, favourite go-to place for a quick lunch is the Cabestan. This reliably serves cheap pasta – especially spaghetti bolognese at in two sizes. The small is usually enough for me, but the men prefer large. The spicy oil makes it seem tastier than it is 😉
However, the Cabestan is small and crowded and, for a change, we tested Pasta Commedia last week. This place looks rather chic from the outside, with a spacious, well lit interior – plenty of natural light, and some lovely bars in the middle of the open space, I would not have picked it had work mates not informed me it was a good alternative. At lunchtime they offer any of the pizzas on their extensive menu for 7.50 euros! This is a great deal as some of them are almost 15 euros in the evening – half price pizza. The half price lunch doesn’t mean they hold back on the service, however. Our large group was seated and immediately hot squares of off-cut pizza dough arrived on the table, with a selection of black and green olives (not outstanding, but good enough) and fresh butter. They do have the annoying habit of pouring the water into glasses, which inevitably means that someone who wasn’t that thirsty has a full glass when someone else wants more and the bottle is empty so you have to order another – but in a smaller group that might be more manageable. So here is my pizza parma – a slightly too thick and chewy pizza base, but well dosed with tangy tomato, cheese, parma ham and fresh rocket (rucola).

Pizza Parma

We didn’t test dessert, but I may just have to pass by here again another time. Maybe to test their fresh pastas – which were not so cheap, and not a special deal at lunchtime. It’s fairly popular, but not packed, so you can just turn up. Their English is passable.
And if you don’t want pizza or pasta, then the frietkot on the square is also a good place for a snack!

Pasta Commedia
Avenue Jean et Pierre Carsoel, 3
1180 Uccle

Food: B
Atmosphere: B
Service: A
Price: A
Languages: French, Italian, English

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Blue Chocolate

Posted by rachelinbxl on September 19, 2010

Blue Chocolate is the name of a fairly chic restaurant on Place Saint Job in Uccle. They have a wide choice of interesting dishes on the menu, but the main reason most people I know go there is for the lunch. It is near our office and they offer a menu at 14 euros of a starter and main course with one glass of house wine (red or white). The menu changes each day, but is a fixed selection. We booked for 18 people for a birthday party.
The decor is classy – brown walls with interesting art and beautiful flowers on the table. The restaurant is large, but in length, so it is not one loud open space. There is a lovely garden out the back in summer.
The birthday girl arrived at 12:20, and we ordered aperitifs. They took over 20 minutes to come, and in fact one girls hadnt arrived even when they had taken the meal orders!
Most people took the fixed menu, but I branched out on the amazing sounding ‘half cooked salmon filet with honey and lime sauce, served with daikon and beetroot and small maki’.
The starters for the others arrived quite quickly. One shrimp coquette. Small, but very tasty was the report. However the service, which had not been fast even before, then stalled. It took ages for the main course to arrive and for those of us without starters, we were getting rather hungry!

It was 13:20 by the time the food arrived. But it was worth the wait. I started before the other dishes arrived, since half cooked salmon cools off fast ;-).

The piece of fish itself was excellent and it was extremely well cooked. I found the mix of honey and lime really really interesting. I wasn’t sure that that should be combined with the daikon and beetroot mix, but those vegetables were very good together. The little maki’s were a small dose of carbohydrates but luckily Blue Chocolate gives excellent bread with the meal. The dish of the day was actually also salmon, but a very thin slice compared to my brick, and reportedly a little dry despite the light mustardy sauce. The fries were served in a ceramic mock fries cone with the burger at the other end of the table.
A surprise cake had been booked beforehand, so we weren’t too worried once the main course arrived. They cleared the table quickly and we were waiting at 13:30…. nothing… at 13:45 I got up to leave for a meeting, and then the cake appeared, with candles… so I sat back down. Once she had blown out the candles however the cake disappeared to be cut.. and there was no sign of it before 14:00. I actually got up and requested mine to go since I couldnt not afford the time that was clearly going to be necessary for everyone to get a piece, eat it, pay and leave. They got back at 15:00!
So, the food is really really good… no fault there, but the service is really slow. They should perhaps have constrained a group of 18 to a fixed menu; after all at lunchtime they must know that noone wants to wait long.

Blue Chocolate
24, Place Saint Job
1180 Uccle

Food: A
Atmosphere: B
Service: C
Price: B
Languages: French, English

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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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Hellos and Goodbyes

Posted by spacemonkey99 on May 10, 2010

Just a quick note to say that we have some new bloggers joining Bite Me Brussels.  You probably have noticed already but we thought it would be nice to give them official recognition.  So welcome to rachelinbxl and nandosgirl!  We are all excited for their forthcoming reviews; the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly or weird.

We would also like to say goodbye to our dear friend pieguybxl who will be moving on to bigger and better things.  Although he may now and then drop a line from the other side of the world, his official Brussels days are over.  We wish him the best of luck!

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