Ready for another Brussels restaurant review? We recently got the chance to eat out at Le Jules d’Emilie, which serves a modern cuisine with a French touch in Watermael-Boitsfort. Curious what we thought? Read on.
The story so far
The restaurant name refers to brother and sister Jules and Emilie, the children of the previous owner. However, after 12 years the owner moved on and since 2015 the restaurant is taken over by the dynamic Urbain brothers. And you can feel the fresh spirit throughout – decor, service and food.
We visited Le Jules d’Emilie on a Friday evening. A bit on the quiet side when we arrived, the restaurant quickly filled up with locals as time went on. Dates. Family meals. Friends catching up. Le Jules d’Emilie is exactly the type of local restaurant you would like to have around the corner.
We were very tempted by the set Menu du Marche – starter, main, dessert – which at 34e is great value for Brussels. But then the a la carte choices were just as intriguing. Talking to our waitress she suggested a mix and match approach, which suited us perfectly. Tartare of foie gras with tomato chutney, mango and spices (17e) for me, the classic Belgian dish asperges a la flamandes (Flemish style white aspargus, 14e) for my husband. My dish was exotic and unusual as I never had foie gras served as tartare. A nice change.
For mains I chose red tuna with sesame and a tomato pesto (25e) while my husband took the main from the set menu, slow cooked farmed chicken with mash. Here the tables turned – my tuna lacked flavour and in my opinion was a bit overcooked. However the slow cooked chicken was delicious. Probably the best chicken dish we ever tasted in a restaurant. We ended on a sweet note with 2 amazing desserts – a fondant au chocolat and a dame blanche, all ingredients from ice cream to chocolate home made (each 7e). Upon recommendation, we drank a slightly chilled red Portuguese wine, Terra d’Alter 2015 which was a perfect match.
Service with a smile
Good restaurant service is something of a pet peeve of mine. Service was prompt and non intrusive. We were given space but our waitress was there at the right moments, so we didn’t feel forgotten. Le Jules d’Emilie didn’t dissapoint.
I would call this restaurant my regular local in no time. Everything about Le Jules d’Emilie was pleasant – the service was friendly, the food was decent with some great highlights, the atmosphere cozy. The only problem we have … is that the Le Jules d’Emilie restaurant is located across Brussels from where we live!
I would like to extend our thanks to Le Jules d’Emilie for inviting us to review their restaurant and organizing this amazing meal and to their staff for hosting us and dealing with our endless questions and cameras with grace.
Disclaimer: as always, all opinions written are our own.
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