Le Tournant: The Place to Go Twice

I am always a bit scared to go back to restaurants twice. It happened too many time already that when coming back the food wasn’t as good, because the cook had a bad day, or the service wasn’t as nice as the first time I went, or the restaurant has decided to change its interior entirely, sometimes to a worse in my opinion. It’s some kind of non-fulfillment of expectations anxiety. But on the other hand, like this I can be really certain to recommend a restaurant: when it was great many times.

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La Buvette - Not Knokke, Not Paris, Not Tokyo

The place is decorated in a simple and clean way and a lot is left from the old butchery shop. Old metal hangers and details, beige tiles on the floor, an old and beautiful counter. Downstairs there are five little tables, neatly put in order to fit into the small space. There is also seating for around six people at the counter. But don’t worry; if you walk up the dark brown wooden stairs you’ll reach the second floor offering more seating. Dimmed lamps and white candles light the place and create a calm and romantic atmosphere that becomes vivid through laughter and browsing conversations from the people who enjoy their dinner here.

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La Figoule - Spanish Cuisine with a Modern Twist

New year, new spot. La Figoule, located quite towards the end of Avenue Louise, not far from Bois de la Cambre, is a new restaurant that popped up about four months ago.  Combining the best of Spanish cuisine with some modern details, while putting highlights on the most important ingredients, La Figoule’s chef creates dishes that make you want to come back. He was taught at El Bulli, one of the most famous Spanish restaurants known for its molecule cuisine and artistic display of dishes. But it’s not only him; Jeremy, one of the three owners (1 Belgian, 2 French) as well as the waiters at this place are very friendly, attentive and helpful.. 

Coimbra - A Food Journey to Portugal

The very open and warm waiters greeted my food-companion for this evening, Pauline, and me and lead us to a wooden table covered with a yellow table cloth. Sitting there we were able to look at all the nice, little details that were hanging on the walls: letters, sketches, colorful plates, family photos. Of course the blue and white tiles that Portugal is known for weren't missing, decorating the entire lower part of the walls in the restaurant.

Colonel - The Place for Steak Lovers 

At Colonel you'll pay 70€ for 2 persons, for a big piece of Black Angus beef (800-1000g) that comes together with a portion of steamed vegetables and a bowl with French fries, fried in duck fat. 35€ for almost half a kilo of meat per person?! Not bad, if you ask me. The meat is tender, cooked as you wish (medium-rare for me, please) and you really don't need any sauce with it. Just a few pinches of sea salt and you'll get the full flavor.

Baked in Brussels - 5 Bakeries You Should Try

What I've learned in Brussels while visiting some of the bakeries, is that Belgian people have quite different requirements when it comes to bread. What they categorize as "good bread and baguette" is not necessarily what French people would approve (or me). Apparently sourdough is not super welcomed and neither is a too crispy and hard crust with a gooey and elastic inside. Many like their bread pre-cut which is not possible with all breads because then the slices will stick together or get dry quite fast.

11 Best Coffee Spots in Brussels

I was a bit sceptic when I re-moved to Brussels. I lived here four years ago, for two months and to be honest, I wasn't a big fan. It was grey, rainy and not very exciting. To be fair, though, I wasn't in town for a single weekend, escaping to Berlin, Paris or Maastricht whenever I could.

Kitchen 151 - A Middle Eastern Food Experience

You pay 25€ and you get a glass of wine, coffee, water and I'd say between 4-7 "little" dishes. Believe me, it wasn't little at all. At first the friendly waiter brought me fresh, warm, fluffy pita with equally fresh, homemade hummus and a bowl of baba ganoush. This was followed by..