Bite Me, Brussels.

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Belgian sophisticate

Posted by Pi on November 13, 2009

Their cold carpaccio of scallops had an exquisite taste, slightly salty and even more slightly sweet, but the roasted salmon really impressed me more. The salmon meat was still tender as if cooked slowly under low heat, and the rich flavor was excellent. It was served with sides of herbed rice with a kind of melted cheesed mixed in. The buttery flavors matched well, and together with the appetizer/entree, wine, and dessert, it made a very good meal (50 euros).

The gimmick had been that we could taste three very different mystery white wines before our first course and choose the one we liked best. Then we did the same for red wines during the main course. It was like a game, as if we had to choose the right one, and for wine connoisseurs it could be interesting. I left the critiquing of complex smoky aromas to the Belgian wine specialists but did my share of tasting, followed by inarticulate commentary.

We had settled on majorities in favor of a French white and Spanish red, although by the end of it we must have had about five times as many glasses on the table than we needed and looked like a bunch of drunks. I’m not sure that it matched the warm and elegant atmosphere that surrounded us, with its wooden plank walls full of Belgian and Congolese art, but in the end it had been a good night there, which ultimately was most important.

Jules Vandembemptlaan 6a, Heverlee

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

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TV: “Un dîner presque parfait”

Posted by Pi on November 11, 2009

For all the foodies out there in Brussels, brush up on your French so that you can watch the show “Un dîner presque parfait”, a mix of  all those “reality television” chef competitions and food critic shows, rolled into one francophone hour of programming.  I’ve taken to watching the show while I’m running on the treadmill at my gym — a totally ironic pairing, I know — but it works because I run with more enthusiasm as I watch the contestant-critics prepare roasted chicken and molten chocolate cake.  Then when they talk about how awesome or awful the opponents’ creations are, I laugh.  It’s my new favorite show here.  Check your local listings.

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Classy Kosmopol

Posted by Pi on February 19, 2009

The average foreigner should discover fairly quickly that pastas and roasted meat dishes ubiquitously populate Belgian restaurants.  What can they do to differentiate them all? Well, for starters, don’t be awful.  Be very good and a little stylish, maybe. Kosmopol in Leuven passes that test.

The Mediterranean pasta (~15 euros) with shrimp, olives, dried tomatoes, a rich sauce earned a very firm rating of… “good”.  Okay, the food is good but possibly a little boring.  However, take into consideration the ambiance as well.  Atmosphere earns this place its points.  The wide spaces, clean bar setting in reds and blacks, and much better than average service adds value to the meal.  Maybe going for a drink might be better than for a meal.

Martelarenplain 10, across from the station, Leuven

Food: B
Price: B
Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Languages: Dutch, English

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