Bite Me, Brussels.

Reviewing food for the foreigners, without all the fluff.

Posts Tagged ‘Place Jourdan’

Mamma mia!

Posted by spacemonkey99 on March 4, 2009

Its a Brussels classic. And if you have been here longer than a few months and don’t know it, you’re either a hermit or don’t like pizza (the latter not being possible so must be the former)! Mamma Roma’s was originally only off of Place Flagey but they have been successful enough to have expanded to Place Chatelain and Place Jourdan as well. They have by-far the best Roman pizza in all of Brussels, and for cheap too. I eat a lot, and I never end up spending more than 7-10 euros. They have variety too and you order by the square (not the slice) so its easy to try different pizzas. Some of my favorites include the white pizza with potato and truffle sauce, the tomato and basil without cheese but oh-so much flavor, and the fresh mozzarella and cherry tomato which is juicy and delicious.

Food: A
Price: A
Service: Varies quite a bit but never bad – A
Atmosphere: A
Languages: French, English

Mamma Roma, Chaussée de Vleurgat 5
Ixelles 1050

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Succulent meat, but I didn’t like the balls

Posted by Pi on January 25, 2009

The Indian restaurant at the northwest corner of Place Jourdan by the hotel gets great marks for entrees and service, particularly given the difficulty of finding good Indian around Brussels.  Conveniently located at one of Brussels’ main squares doesn’t hurt, too.

We got there early at 7pm, from in the middle of yet another Brussels winter rain, complete with surprisingly un-Belgian chilling wind.  The cozy space inside, with its candles and velvet hues, immediately warmed me up, though one mint tea did more of the trick.

I wasn’t daring that night and didn’t go for the vindaloo.  Instead I had a satisfying stew-like dish (~13 eu) with very tender and just as tasty beef, cooked with spinach, tomatoes, bay leaves, and various other Indian spices.  Served with rice and nan along with some red wine, it couldn’t go wrong.

Since I hadn’t ordered a starter,  I still wanted a little something more and went for dessert: gulab jamun.  I was hoping for a hot, dense and rich version of those doughnut-like sweets in saffron syrup, but it did not deliver.  My two balls weren’t hot, the consistency reminded me of something a bit old, and overall it wasn’t anything special.  Even the dame blanche didn’t look so great.  After eating the main meal here, I’d advise heading to the SuperGB in the square to buy some single-serving Haagen Dazs instead.

Nevertheless the experience overall was commendable, and I would go again.  The service was excellent, although maybe that was because we ate early, as the place filled up between 8-9pm.  As Indian restaurants go in Belgium, this one’s not too shabby.

Main dishes:  A-
Dessert: C
Prices: B+
Languages:  French, English

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