Not much of a restaurant when you look at it from the outside, is it? Well perception can be deceitful. Actually it is very much of a restaurant, and a really great one on top of it.
The story so far
Viva M’Boma. Confused? So were we. Meaning ‘vive la grandmere’ (long live the grandmother) in bruxellois, the old dialect of Brussels. Viva M’Boma is currently reviewed everywhere by everyone. We knew more about Viva M’Boma before we even located it on the Brussels map, let alone go and eat there.
Raving reviews on the side, we finally decided to go and eat at Viva M’Boma. The Rue de Flandre is fast becoming a very popular destination down town, with plenty of bars being revamped, and restaurants opened. Viva M’Boma is no exception. The restaurant is cleverly located in an old triperie (sorry but there doesn’t seem to be an English translation to this. It means something like a tripery, which would be a butcher selling mainly offal). Which fits in nicely with the need of locals for something new, and the menu which is entirely Belgian.
At first we were a little put off by the cold, almost clinical tiled walls but the atmosphere inside makes up for this. The restaurant was full so booking in advance might be useful.
The menu was the next surprise. Entirely Belgian, with dishes I didn’t know existed and others I probably won’t ever try. A choice of starters, between 7.50euro and 8.50euro. Mains: veal kidney, vol au vent, pot au feu, or horse steak with a choice of frites or stoemp. All between 10,00euro and 18,00euro. And finally very Belgian desserts, such as tarte au sucre, speculoos icecream, and of course the mousse au chocolat (all desserts are 5.25euro).
We ordered two dishes not tried or cooked before: the pot au feu, with the spoon carefully placed in the bone (very cool) and an absolutely heavenly rich liver with creamy mushroom sauce. Naturellement, frites and stoemp. And if this didn’t kill us, then dessert did: a tarte au sucre and a speculoos ice cream. Somewhere in between, we died and made it to Belgian heaven.
Service with a smile/ The verdict
If you are in for a truly Belgian experience, that comes along with a laid back atmosphere, friendly service and great food, then go to Viva M’Boma. You won’t regret anything but the calories (perhaps …). Plus you get to continue the evening with a drink at one of the many bars around.
2016 update – Deliveroo was not around when we went to Viva M’Boma … As the restaurant is on the Deliveroo list of restaurants to enjoy at home get 5e off your order at Viva M’Boma with ‘onfoodandwine’.
disclaimer – all photos are from the Viva M’Boma website