In Brussels, restaurants come and go every season. And the beginning of this year has seen a tremendous amount of restaurants opening all around Brussels. Or well, let’s be honest here, in the Châtelain and Sainte-Catherine neighbourhoods, mostly. Here’s our top 6!
Endives, meatballs, or even vol au vent, yes you’ll find all of these on your pizzas at Otomat. Some might say it’s heretic, we think it’s worth a try! Yes, this new address in downtown Brussels bet that they can bring the Belgian touch to the most iconic Italian dish.
On the menu, there are two main sorts of pizzas: the “Otomat” pizzas, featuring a tomato sauce base, and the “Notomat” ones, topped with a white sauce. Here, the graffiti on the walls, the round tables and the pizzas arriving already cut send one message: share a good moment… And the food !
Otomat, Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains 6, 1000 Brussels. Info on their website.
2. La Famille
With a name like “The Family”, you can only expect a warm welcome and hearty food. And that’s exactly what La Famille does. This new eatery in the Châtelain neighbourhood and its crowd evolve during the day, going from coffee and breakfast to dinner and late night drinks.
On the menu, you’ll find burgers, various toasts, finger food, natural wines, quinoa salads, cocktails or even croquettes, depending on what time it is. Also, their great corner terrace will definitely become the place to be — and to be seen — this Spring.
La Famille, 84 rue du Bailli, 1050 Ixelles. Info on their Facebook page.
3. Frites Atelier
Frites Atelier is not your classic Belgian fritkot. The starred chef Sergio Herman wants to take Belgian fries to a whole new level by offering his customers homemade fries and Belgian classic dishes perfectly prepared in a beautiful setting.
What you can expect to eat in this new hotspot: Agria potatoes roughly cut and with the skin, cooked in a mix of vegetable oils (well, you can’t please everyone can you?) and topped with homemade sauces. Simple, right?
Frites Atelier, 32 rue Sainte-Catherine, 1000 Brussels. Info on their website.
If you have a sweet tooth and don’t eat meat, L’Alchimiste is quickly going to become your second home. Presented as a “fresh food and coffee maker”, this new vegan and vegetarian café welcome you for breakfast, lunch and the — mandatory — 4pm treat.
Their goal? Make you discover what real, good coffee is, but also that you can eat both healthy and tasty with their plant-based recipes. And oh my God, THAT HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER.
L’Alchimiste, 59 rue de Savoie, 1060 Saint-Gilles. Info on their Facebook page.
5. Café Tulipant
This gorgeous café opened on place Fernand Cocq in February and is already becoming a must in Ixelles. The stone bar (yes, stone), the open kitchen and the beautiful French window opening on place Fernand Cocq make you want to sit there forever and taste the whole menu.
Talking about the menu, you’re probably wondering what you can eat here. Well, breakfast, lunch, snacks, pastries, dinner, salmon makis, soup, buffala, ravioli, tarts, cocktails, … You name it! Oh and, also worth mentioning, it’s open e v e r y day of the week.
Café Tulipant, 25 Place Fernand Cocq, 1050 Ixelles. Info on their website.
Voisin means “neighbour” in French, need we say more? This brand new spot is located right next to Place de la Trinité, in the vibrant Châtelain neighbourhood (again), and is already set to become one of the hypest bistros on the block.
Their motto is “the place to pasta your time”… Got it? So here, we eat pasta and drink cocktails in a decor of blue tiles and exposed brick walls. What else?
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Voisin, 31 rue du Tabellion, 1050 Ixelles. Info on their website.