Bite Me, Brussels.

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Phatcat Thai

Posted by Pi on April 18, 2010

Compared to other Thai dishes in Brussels, the flavors in this spicy prawn and vegetable curry were excellently strong and fine all at once.  It went down smooth and hot like coconut milk and hot peppers ought.  Unfortunately, however, the portion was so small that I was hungry enough to eat a durum from the nearby Sultans of Kebab immediately afterward.

Oh, I had eaten a starter and my rice, too, but all that was useless.  The starter was some small fried fish patty that could have been the salted and greasy offspring of an unholy union of hard tofu and bicycle tire rubber, and that was a complete waste.  At least the curry completely canceled that out.

Clearly this place was more geared toward business-types, given the small portion sizes and slightly classier ambiance.

The place may be good on an expense account, but the other Thai restaurants on Dansaert are generally better.  Use that knowledge for what you will.

Phat Thai
Rue Jules Van Praet 30, Brussels

Food: B
Atmosphere: A-
Service: B-
Price: B-
Languages: French, English, Thai?

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The good, the bad and the… sushi near the Bourse

Posted by rachelinbxl on February 28, 2010

I am a sushi fanatic. I adore it, and hate the price they charge in Belgium. Take me back to Paris Montparnasse… sigh

The Inari in the Parijsstraat in Leuven is fantastic, but that is a long way to go to satisfy my cravings, so Djazia and I loosened our belts and out wallets and set out to try 3 sushi restos near the Bourse.

We started with Kabuki, beside the Casino. Because it has a sushi belt, so we could just select a few small items and then make a run for it. We were there early, so it was quiet and the trains (yes, trains) running round the conveyor were not all full. The salmon sashimi was excellent – really good melt-in-the-mouth fish. But we took the only plate on the train, and another was not placed on it in the 30mins we sat there. We tried 2 special rolls, one with rocket wrapped around the outside of the rice, which was very interesting, but rather overpriced for the quantity of fish, and one with herbs on top, that was also pleasant. The tea was hot and fairly good. Moan: the ginger was not on the small plates, so we asked for it separately. Advantage: she brought a huge plate of it! 4 small plates and almost 20 euros down, we moved on to…

Anata. This is indeed the BAD sushi place on Blvd Anspach. The staff were not welcoming and the downstairs is cramped. We were at least seated right next to where the sushi was being prepared. The waitress was very shocked that we only wanted to order two small items a la carte. But she allowed it However: the tuna nigiri were only tolerable and the salmon futomaki… well, this is the first time I have left sushi on the plate. The rice was too cold, and the fish was not of the best quality. They had also added a leaf (I believe its called shiso), that is extremely bitter. It was wrapped around the salmon inside the rice, so even removing it left the taste on the rest of the roll. Neither of us could finish it. We didnt even bother to try their tea, but had to hope that the next place would be better…

The third and final sushi place near the Bourse that we tried was called Sakura. Cherry blossom. After Anata, the atmosphere was calm and welcoming. The one waiter was very polite and the other customers definitely of a different genre. He didn’t blink an eye at us only wanting to order the tuna nigiri and their tempura roll. The nigiri had a thin slice of fish, unfortunately; but it was good. The rice was also much much better. The tempura roll was excellent. There were small pieces of puffed rice distributed within the roll and the fried ebi in the middle was really good. We were so pleased that despite being full we asked for a mix of sashimi. They dont have this on the menu (you can only order by 10 pieces) but he was willing to do half tuna and half salmon. We savoured this with the excellent tea that Sakura makes. It approaches Genmaicha, with rice in the tea, but is not as strong. I should have thought to ask which tea it was. Only disadvantage was that it came in a cup, not a pot! This restaurant had the nicest atmosphere of the ones we tried, with the sushi chef doing his thing near the door, and the hot food cooking going on behind screens at the back. The waiter was Malaysian, very sweet and friendly. I will be going back!

Kabuki
Kiekenmarkt 32

Food: B
Price: C
Atmosphere: B
Languages: French, English, probably Chinese

Anata
Boulvard Anspach 74

Food: D
Price: B
Atmosphere: C
Languages: French

Sakura
Rue du Pont de La Carpe

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

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Fruit smoothie better than fish sauce

Posted by Pi on April 16, 2009

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A nice glass of freshly squeezed kiwi and orange juice can be found right down Anspach at El Metteko.  Visit it on a weekend afternoon when the place is empty and quieter, so you can either relax or get some work done.

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The smoothie was better than this whitefish dish (~10 euros).  The fish itself was flaky and tender, with a great taste, but that sauce was much too salty.

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Go for the smoothie and peaceful view of the street.  At night the place is a bar and must be reviewed in another entry…

El Metteko
Anspachlaan 88

Food: C+
Atmosphere: A (in the day)
Service: A (in the day)
Price: A-
Languages: French, English

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