Brussels, Antwerp, & Bruges
Please comment on any of the restaurants (all recommended one way or another) below in terms of quality of food and relative value (particularl for the very expensive spots). Any other recommendations of great places--better than below--would be appreciated. Happy to go out of our way for an excellent meal. We will be in each city for two days, travelling from NYC. Thanks.
Brussels: I't Spinnekopke, Ogenblik, Comme Chez Soi, Vincent, Le Pain, Aux Armes de Bruxelles, Bruneau, Chez Marie, La Maison du Cygone.
Antwerp: Dock's Cafe, De Kleine Zanel, Gin Fish, De Karmeliet.
Bruges: Den Dyver, RockFort.
I went to De Karmeliet last year and was not too impressed. The quality of food was good but not worth the 500 euros I paid. Its probably a 2 star michelin overall in France.
Its in Bruges btw.
I just reterned from Brussels and Bruges--both fabulous cities with excellent food. Went to La Maison du Cygone for lunch--good, but not great. Aux Armes de Bruxelles is one of my all time favorite restaurants-- try to get one of the tables in the room you walk in to (not the room to the left of the door). Definitely go for beer and snacks at La Morte Subite--wonderful local color. If time permits, do the Art Deco walking tour, ending up at Victor Horta's home, which is a museum. Very interesting. If you are there on a weekend, go to the flea market in the Sablon area. Went to a real local bar right by the flea market called Chez Richard with the most fabulous fois gras, salade frisse and other local specialities. Most of the restaurants by the flea market are real tourist traps, but, this was a real local hangout with fab. food.
You must, must, must go to the Hotel Metropole and sit in the Cafe Metropole. It is from another era full of Fellinni-like characters. My friend and I couldn't get enough of that place--some of the best people watching I've ever seen in my life, and I live in the East Village in New York City!
Have a wonderful trip--you're are in for a real treat!
We went to I't Spinnekopke in Brussels--we loved the area but did not think it was a great meal. In Antwerp we went to Cafe Horta which we liked very much and it is in an interesting area. BTW, we were in all three cities that you mentioned and we were most impressed with Antwrep.
I hope it's not too late to post. I haven't been to Aux Armes des Bruxelles in a while, but they really are a standard. The only thing to keep in mind is that we are heading to the end of mussel seasons so they will either be small or not local.
Crevettes grises are in season and are always delicious. Always. It's worth trying them especially as they are so local that they are a truly belgian food.
I'm going to recommend the new restaurant that's opened in the Musee des Beaux Arts. The space is beautiful and the food is wonderful. The restaurant specialises in Belgian food done very well. No moules frites, actually, but all the others: filet Americain (a must!) and a carbonnades of pork cheeks that is very nice, among the others.
Enjoy: One eats well in Belgium!