We never made it a secret that we love a good quality steak! Which is why we jumped to the occasion to try out the classic Restaurant Vincent in the centre of Brussels. Curious what we thought? Read on.
The story so far
Restaurant Vincent falls into the same Brussels ‘institution’ type of establishment as Francois for fish, Villa Lorraine for Michelin starred food or A La Morte Subite for beer. Located just off the Grand Place, Restaurant Vincent was established in 1905, and has been a reference for meat lovers ever since (bar a small scandal in 2016).
The overall restaurant decor is amazing – the walls are tiled throughout illustrating fishing scenes, and part of the furniture imitates boat parts. It is beyond me why a restaurant clearly specializing in meat has such an overwhelming nautical decor … but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. Tables are cozy but you can also go as a big group and on the mid-week evening we went, the restaurant was full with both tourists groups, and locals having a cozy dinner. I assume come the weekend Restaurant Vincent tends to be overbooked … so reservations are a must.
There is no mystery when it comes to Restaurant Vincent – meat reigns! From the entrance, where the delivery from Dierendonck hangs in the window (the star butcher of Belgium for those not familiar with him) to the menu where meat is only not served as dessert. Starters are meaty – mixed cold cuts, carpaccio or americaine. Mains are meaty – pure steak, chateaubriand, T-bone steak … you name it.
Is there anything else on the menu? Does anything else matter? For starters there are classic croquettes – which we tried as well, delicious! – and for mains there is also a choice of mussels or sole. Honestly though, you won’t be going to Restaurant Vincent for fish … so stick with the meat Everyone else does! We ordered for starters the american and croquettes – both very correct and tasty. And for main, a T-bone steak for 2, which came with thick fluffy chips, a crisp young watercress salad and a bearnaise sauce. Meat. Heaven.
Service with a smile
Service started off great. And very brasserie friendly. It remained friendly … but a bit slow after the starters arrived. I guess serving two big groups around us, and us not being overly impatient (picture – waiving hands in the air) we sometimes fell off the radar … Thank God we keep ourselves busy catching up (yey for adults only/ toddler free evenings out).
Honestly? We are very happy we finally pushed the doors of Restaurant Vincent. It most definitely is a Brussels must-go-to restaurant. Touristic? Maybe. But also serving tasty food in a historic place. And if you don’t go overboard with the order, food can come to a reasonable amount (set lunch is 18e and a gastronomic menu is 37e).
I would like to extend our thanks to Restaurant Vincent for inviting us to review their restaurant and organizing this dinner 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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