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Sushi and seaweed in Uccle

Posted by rachelinbxl on October 30, 2012

I think I have mentioned how much I adore sushi, so I was really pleased to sea that the old chocolate shop on Ave de Fre was being turned into a sushi outlet. I feel that Uccle is rather poorly represented in terms of sushi – Cote Sushi at Vanderkindere being my closest. More and more are opening though, and this one is close enough for a lunchtime trip, so we went to test it today. Since it was from work, I didn’t have my camera with me, but it turns out this is a takeaway/delivery only joint, so there was no sit down decoration, just take away plastic. They opened 5 October and are still being discovered. They offer a few lunchtime menus – at 9 euro or 12. We each took the 12 and felt we got a very good deal.

We got miso soup, a seaweed salad and a mix of rolls and nigiri – to be precise 2 different rolls of 6 pieces and 3 nigiri (1 salmon, 1 squid, 1 prawn)

We made it back to the office and the soup was still warm. There was plenty of wasabi and ginger, but those little bottles of soy sauce always seem a bit small to me. One dish had just cucumber roll (I never see the point of this), and then salmon and avocado wrapped with dill rather than seaweed or sesame seeds. The other dish had cooked tuna with apple, rolled in sesame and salmon with magato (fish eggs) and another herb, wrapped in seaweed.

The miso soup was a little bland (though I prefer this to overly salted). There were real strips of seaweed and real chunks of tofu in there. I enjoyed it. The seaweed salad was pleasantly crunchy, though a little cold after soup. The dressing was a little sweet, but I liked it. This is just 3.50 euros outside the menu, which is good for seaweed salad. Edamame and the traditional cabbage salads were also options. But I far prefer seaweed.

The fish (only really salmon in raw fish) was good. The rice had a slightly sweet taste, but good texture. We both noticed a metallic taste to 2 of the rolls – with herbs in. Either the herb was meant to have this taste, or the seaweed inside was a little old. It did not prevent enjoyment but degraded it a little. We think that the girl messed up and the tuna and apple option was not meant to be in the menu with soup and salad. But I was glad she did. I would never have chosen this combination but it was really good – the best of all of them.

We were very full for our 12 euro lunch and I will be testing them again. They have no website, so I scanned the menu!

Algues et Sushi
Ave de Fre, 207
1180 Uccle
02 375 90 84

Food: B
Atmosphere: C (well its a takeaway!)
Service: A Very friendly
Price: A
Languages: French,…?

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All aboard for sushi in Leuven

Posted by rachelinbxl on September 2, 2011

  I think I have mentioned how much I adore sushi. I also used to live in Leuven, a pretty student town just 20 mins outside Brussels North station. Worth a visit, if you’ve never been, and home to my favourite sushi resto in Belgium (so far!) A friend of mine finished her Phd this year and was celebrating her last weekend in Belgium by eating in a few of our favourite places, so this is the 3 person boat from Inari sushi in Leuven. The spicy tuna is amazing – lovely the sesame and coriander dressing. They deep fry (tempura) some of their sushi rolls, as well as doing a roll with tempura shrimp (ebi) inside. The salmon and tuna sashimis are to die for, and the other couple of (unidentified) sashimi were interesting. One was more smoky – the other had a strong flavour and texture that was not really to my taste, but some might like it. There was far too little ginger on the boat, but they provided a large bowl on request, and your green tea is topped up with hot water for free (ask earlier, as it gets strong near the bottom, if like us you are taking a while to demolish the contents of the whole boat!). The service is friendly, the price is very reasonable for the great sushi on offer, and there is a good selection of non-fish dishes for the non-sushi lovers in your group (why, oh why though !)…

Reservation is a good idea. Promise to get back to Brussels cafes and restos soon, but in the mean time ‘Itatakimas!’

Inari Sushi
Parijsstraat 18
Leuven 3000

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

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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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For the love of the sea

Posted by spacemonkey99 on December 14, 2008

Island delight

Oh the delightful and the delcious. Sometimes you have to search far and wide in order to find it.  Sometimes you have to go all the way across the world. Crunchy tempura-breaded exterior. Luxurious crab and avocado combination in the interior. Wasabi-based sauce for that bit of zing. This foodaholic waits for the day when such a scrumptious sushi dish can be found right here in Brussels.

***Update on this post: a pretty close second can actually be found at Hana, on Place St. Boniface. Check the relevant post about this place!

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Anata

Posted by spacemonkey99 on December 8, 2008

I just had a quick lunch at the Chinese-owned Anata restaurant down Anspachlaan for the first time today after wanting to try it for some time, and it did not disappoint.  If you aren’t looking for perfect food, but just want a reliably good, fast, and substantial meal for not too many euros, this is the place.

When we got there, the hostess, though brusque, was nice and seated us away from the door of the small place when we asked, even if we were two people sitting at a table for four.  Service was quicker than expected, they spoke our language, and they even gave us a new drinking glass when we asked for one, without any of the guff that you might expect in other places.  Granted, we had to get a new glass because the old one had an odorous quality reminiscent of fish, but keep everything in perspective here.  All things considered:  not bad.

I had the Katsudon hot bowl of rice with fried pork and egg, with vegetables (~€10).  In the cold of the day, when I was hungry after the gym, it really was pretty good.  I got it fast and was satisfied, though I would have liked more meat.  I would go again, and next time I’ll have the courage to try the sushi in the bento boxes.

Anata, Boulvard Anspach 74
Food: B
Drink: B
Service: A-
Value for money For food: A-
Interior: B-
Other factors: They speak French, English, and Mandarin

-Pie Guy

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