Place Chatelaine is a regular spot of ours in Brussels. We have been in and around this area ever since moving to Brussels. First as residents in Ixelles, now as nostalgic passer bys (although don’t get me wrong, we are in love with our current ‘hood).
Which is why it was great to see La Chatelaine du Liban re-open. A solid restaurant in an otherwise constantly changing area, La Chatelaine du Liban has been serving great Lebanese food ever since I remember. Granted the decor was always a bit outdated, but the food kept us coming back. When it closed we first thought that’s it, the restaurant had to give up its perfect corner stop on Place Chatelaine to make room for the hipster overtake. But we were wrong. La Chatelaine du Liban was finally getting its long overdue facelift.
Once it reopened we simply had to go back. Again as a group, as we used to, because Lebanese food is made for sharing. The restaurants looks great. Wood and leather dominate, combined in a modern style and the walls are covered with traditional / vintage photos sharing the many aspects of the Lebanse culture. A huge portrait welcomes you in the restaurant right next to a large communal high table, perfect for a group.
Of course we ordered too much! We always do. We started off with bubbles – served in vintage glasses – and then our food started to arrive, one plate at a time. Classics such as houmous and fattouch, traditional Lebanese aubergine past which I can never resist, moutabla, as well as garlic labneh, kibi nayeh (probably my least favourite dish as I am so used to the taste of brasserie style americain), lamb meatballs, the cooked version of kibi nayeh served warm (which was very tasty), of course falafel … and so on. Everything was great. We ate, we drank, we caught up. I remember us also ordering dessert but as I am very partial to baklawa – which we didn’t order – I don’t remember it being memorable. Then again we probably didn’t have much room left for desert.
If you are looking for a Lebanese restaurant, in a lively and busy area then La Chatelaine du Liban does the trick. And as always with restaurants around Place Chatelaine, it is recommended to reserve in advance as the restaurant was absolutely packed. Then again we did go on a Wednesday evening … and as all Brussels resident expats know, Wednesdays are reserved for Place Chatelaine. Oh yes, and I unapologetically always spell Chatelain with an ‘e’.
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