Bite Me, Brussels.

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Bitte ein Bit

Posted by spacemonkey99 on April 14, 2010

I am surprised at how few German restaurants there are in Brussels.  Actually, I know of only two, one in the Schuman area, and another in Wezembeek Oppem, which technically is no longer Brussels.  I frequent Maxburg,  located in the Schuman area.  The food is good, hearty, and well worth the price.  The main attraction is schnitzel, of which there are quite a few varieties including Wiener, Jaeger, Milanese, and with various other sauces (10-15 euros depending which style).  It comes with bratkartoffeln (fried potatoes with onion) and a good-sized bowl of salad.  They also have affordable daily specials which change each week (8-10 euros).  Maxburg also serves Bitburger, a well-known German beer hard to come by elsewhere in Brussels.  The restaurant is small, and includes a small bar seating area.  Sometimes, when the crowd gets rowdy, it can be a bit too small.  Generally you can get a table without a reservation.

Maxburg

Rue Stevin 108

1000 Brussels

Food: A-
Atmosphere: B
Price: B+
Service: A-

Languages: German, French, English

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Eating a cheeseburger that came from a can

Posted by pieguybxl on November 23, 2009

Remember those German cheeseburgers-in-a-can?  The ones that were rumored to be extremely nasty?  Well, the one in my living room expired a week ago, which naturally meant that it had to be eaten.  Here’s a summary in ten pictures.  Conclusions follow.

Curiosity killed the cat.

Our incredible volunteer popping it open. Everyone gasped. We crowded around. Nothing spewed out screaming like in Ghostbusters.

Popped open the other side and shucked it out. Dry bread! Someone said his hands now smelled like meat. Someone else said they smelled like poo. Someone had better have been wrong.

No campfire, so into the microwave it went! Our volunteer requested the "nuclear" setting, but we just settled for "high" for 30 seconds...

...and it came out steaming! Appetizing, no?

Modern art: the empty can.

Oh. My. God.

I shuddered at this point.  (Click the photos to expand!)

What goes better with a cheeseburger from a can than a glass of fine French red wine, of course? No ketchup or other condiments were added, in order not to taint the subtle flavors carefully engineered using the best in German technology.

Chompin' down. He did his best.

He didn't finish.

Our excellent volunteer with a steel stomach concluded a few points about this thing:

1.  It’s better than Quick.
2.  The meat actually tasted like meat.
3.  The meat also tasted like paper.
4.  The “cheese” had plenty of something awful.
5.  If you were stuck in the woods somewhere and had this canned burger, you could eat it without dying.

So there you go.  Not good at all, but in the end, you could do worse.  Three cheers for German innovation!

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Celebrating the Fall of the Wall with Western gluttony

Posted by pieguybxl on November 18, 2009

At least one cute girl was spotted peacefully reading books inside cozy Maxburg by Schuman, so the place clearly has more than great food.  The home-like establishment has delicious German comfort food in excellently sized portions, all served within friendly and familial surroundings.  The standard wiener schnitzel (~12 euros) is a savory slab of fried flattened pork, accompanied by a generous crunchy green salad and fried potatoes.  I also tried the beef stroganoff in a creamy red wine sauce (~13 euros) the last time I was there, and the well-cooked meat had a deep and bold flavor that was very tasty.  If you don’t feel like driving across the border for food like this, just head over to the European quarter.

Maxburg
108 Rue Steven, Brussels

Food: A
Price: A
Atmosphere: A-
Languages: German, English, French

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German cheeseburger in a can

Posted by pieguybxl on May 18, 2009

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More “food” from abroad: a burger-in-a-can from Germany!  (a.k.a. “Cheeseburger in der Dose”)  Whenever you crave a not-quite-fresh taste of a whole burger — “bun”, “meat”, “tomato”, “cheese” and all — pop open this can for a real “treat”!

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Count those ingredients…  There’s something so cool about a whole, dry burger in a can.

Actually I’ve been told that this tastes and feels disgusting, and that no one should ever, ever suffer through eating this. I’m afraid that if I crack it open, it will behave something like a Pandora’s box, or that crazy Ark from Indiana Jones, releasing all sorts of swirly evil things I’ll not want to remember.  Assuming I survive.  That’s why it’s still sitting unopened in my living room as a paperweight, always emitting an aura of simultaneous temptation and foreboding, much like the One Ring in Lord of the Rings.

Any food that you can only buy online and that conjures up so many allusions of destruction really ought to be handled carefully.

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