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Passing time at the Horloge du Sud

Posted by rachelinbxl on February 23, 2010

A friend and I have been looking for a good African restaurant in Brussels to replace Isimbi that moved out of Leuven. Kokob and the equally good House of Labilela (Leuven) are good Ethiopian places but we were looking for a more eclectic mix. An internet search revealed Horloge du Sud as a good place to start testing. On the corner of Chaussee de Wavre and Ave du Trone, it is well placed. The large clock on the facade makes it easy to spot. The inside looks a bit too much like a bar, certainly when we arrived early at 1920! But, the staff were incredibly friendly and the food smelt amazing from the minute we entered.

We tried the pastelles starter (we ordered vegetarian but got a meat version). We had to check it didn’t contain pork for my friend, and from then on we were teased by the waiter about things containing pork and alcohol! We also had the soup of the day, which was a creamy broccoli number. Nice, but not very african!

So far so good, except that the service IS slow. This didnt bother us as we were enjoying people watching and guessing which of the other yummy options on the menu our fellow diners had ordered.

So for the mains, we had the lamb cooked in cocoa, and the fish stew with seafood in coconut milk. The sides are not included, so we tested the fried plantains and the couscous made from manioc root. The lamb and its tomatoey-sauce was really good. The meat was stewed into submission and the sauce had bay leaves, star aniseed and cocoa in it. If we were to add one criticism it would be that it was slightly too salty.

My fish and seafood dish was mainly fish, with 2 shrimps added; but it was excellent. The coconut milk was rich and delicately spiced (we think turmeric mainly). The manioc couscous was interesting (a slight lemon flavour, perhaps?), but the fried plantains weren’t quite hot enough. We stil thoroughly enjoyed both dishes though.

For dessert we tried the mango creme brulee with the ‘Green Rooibos’ tea. The creme brulee was actually sans mangue… which we pointed out to our good-natured waiter and he was amused. Definitely not a resto that takes itself too seriously 😉 The tea was excellent. Not at all green; in fact very dark for a rooibos. A delightful grassy flavour behind the normal rooibos sweetness. We also recommend their mango juice and their pissap (hibiscus juice). Next time I try their cocktail with Baobab juice!

Troonstraat 141, 1050 Elsene

Food: B+
Price: B
Atmosphere: A
Languages: French, maybe others…


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