This is just as much a crowdsourcing article (we asked on Facebook your favourite) as is it based on our own foodie experiences in Brussels, taking family, friends, co-workers – you name it! – to eat traditional moules & frites (mussels and fries). Our top 12 restaurants in Brussels to try out this classic Belgian dish are:
Around the Ilot Sacree (Grand Place) in Brussels
Le Scheltema – this Brussels restaurant won us over in more ways than 1. Their brasserie atmosphere brings a bit of French buzz to Brussels, and the food and service are not too bad either. Le Scheltema specialized in fish and seafood, which of course includes mussels and frites too. Feel like something different? Try their sole meuniere. Our full review is here.
Francois – a Brussels institution, this restaurant was on our list ever since we moved to Brussels. It’s fantastic fish and seafood offer makes it a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. And yes, it is spot on at the start of Place Saint-Catherine … but I needed to balance out the listing. Our full review is here.
Chez Leon – as true a typical Brussels restaurant as it can possibly get. I know many shy away from Chez Leon thinking it is a ‘tourist trap’. Well, take it from a local – it isn’t. Granted we need to go back as our visit dates back to the beginnings of the blog, but Chez Leon = mussels & frites. Also, till the 28/02/2018 you only pay half price on the food, by downloading this voucher.
In’t Spinnekopke – we first discovered this Brussels restaurant on a beer tasting tour. But their menu won us over and although I must admit a visit is in order to ‘refresh’ our memory … from way back when, the food was great. Mussels and frites with a local twist, the ‘Marolles’ sauce sound very intriguing. Our first impressions are here.
Around Place St-Catherine in Brussels
Bij den Boer – A bit on the classic old-fashioned side but serving fantastic sea-food, Bij den Boer is a must on Place Saint-Catherine. We loved our set menu dinner – and I am sure the a la carte oprtions must be just as tasty. As usual with restaurant on Place Saint-Catherine, it is usually fully booked so reservations are recommended. Our full review here.
La Maree Brussels – Trusting our readership, this is one of the restaurants that was recommended on instagram. We have never been but we are for sure adding it to the list of Brussels fish restaurants we need to try. Have you been? Curious to read more opinions.
Le Pre Sale – Located on the trendy Rue de Flandre (where many great restaurants like Viva M’Boma and San are), Le Pre Sale is another recommendation we received from expats living in Brussels who ‘know’ the drill: whenever you have any family or friends visiting, this is a request we don’t escape. We haven’t tried it ourselves but know the restaurant from afar. Looks good.
La Villette – This is a restaurant we were actually taken to by family! From the corner of our eye we had seen it … but never went in. A typical, cozy restaurant (which can even feel a bit crammed in), La Villette is an old Brussels estaminet, serving typical Belgian food. When mussels are in seazon they for sure figure on the menu too.
Around the Brussels neighbourhoods
Friture Rene (Anderlecht) – When deciding where to go in Anderlecht, we first thought of Friture René. Fully booked. This doesn’t mean though that the restaurant does not deserve its rightful place in this list, serving great Belgian food including moules. A landmark of Brussels, we still need to go and eat there …
Les Brassins (Ixelles) – A firm favourite of our since our ‘young’ Brussels days, this brasserie was also our claim to fame with The Guardian. We don’t go back as often as we used to … but that doesn’t mean we don’t recommend Les Brassins heartily. Our full review here.
La Porteuse d’Eau (Saint-Gilles) – Literally our local restaurant, we never shared a review of this Art Nouveau restaurant on the blog. Probably because we thought to keep it a ‘secret’. Well, the secret is out, ever since La Poreteuse d’Eau is featured in many guide books … so all we can say is: go try out their food, the extensive moules menu, their beers.
Le Zinneke (Schaerbeek) – We haven’t made it yet to ‘S’ with our commune by commune guide … but I have it from trusted sources that Le Zinneke is a great local brasserie, serving moules 69 (!) different ways. This alone is a worth a visit to Schaerbeek.
Disclaimer: photos either my own, or from the restaurant’s websites & FB pages
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