Our commune dinner club went this month to Ganshoren. Confession: although living in Brussels for so many years, this is the first time (ever!) I have been to Ganshoren. Which is why Les Potes en Toque restaurant was even more of a pleasant surprise.
(If you are interested, you can read more here on when and why we started our commune dinner club).
Commune Facts – Ganshoren
- the name of the commune does indeed refer to ‘gans’ (duck) and ‘horen’ (hunting horn)
- St. Martin is the patron saint of this northern commune of Brussels
- Chateau de Rivieren, located in Ganshoren, is the only medieval intact castle still standing in Brussels
- Ganshoren is the last (19th) commune to join the wider Brussels area
Les Potes en Toques
While the commune doesn’t maybe offer much … Les Potes en Toque restaurant is another story! The restaurant dates back to the beginning of the 17th century when it used to be a farm. Renovated recently’ish, much of the farm feeling is still present today – cozy rooms, low ceilings, wooden barns – however the dining area has been revamped to a modern and airy room overlooking the open kitchen.
Les Potes en Toque serves good brasserie food, and the restaurant was absolutely packed on a Friday evening so good thing we reserved. Knowing how much we love a good brasserie in Brussels, it was great to discover the food at this Ganshoren restaurant. There is a decent choice of starters and mains, but to keep it simple (and fuss free when it comes to the bill) we decided to order the set menu – sword fish carpaccio, young chicken with mash and dessert. One of us ordered a la carte going fully Belgian with shrimp croquettes and steak & chips.
The menu comes in at just over 35e and I must say that overall the food was really tasty. The carpaccio was trying perhaps to be something it wasn’t and there were a few flavours there that didn’t add up for me. The main course however was delicious! The desert again, didn’t win me over. But going for the set menu doesn’t always speak for the chef and the a la carte dishes looked great and tasted fantastic. Belgian food for the win again.
Staying truly to their brasserie core is probably what Les Potes en Toque is great at and it showed by the number of regulars entering the restaurant as well as fully booked up tables (we dined indoors, but I bet the vast terrace is a delight on sunny evenings)! Curious what the name stands for? The Buddies in Chefs Hats 😉
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