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Jul 15, 2008 09:55 AM

Atomium Restaurant, Brussels

Has anyone eaten at the Atomium Restaurant in Brussels? This is the restaurant inside the famed Atomium that was built in 1958 for the Universal Exhibition. I will be visiting Brussels for one day/night in January, and I thought this might be a nice place for dinner since it's quite novel and specific to the city. If anyone has any insight about the restaurant, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

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  1. Haven't been there myself (yet, am going soon for a work lunch) but apart from the decor, the place doesn't have a very good reputation for dining.

    The center of Brussels offers plenty of good alternatives though.

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    1. re: tontoro

      Got it- thank you! Will you let me know what you thought of the food/menu after you dine there? Maybe we'll just end up there for a drink and forgo the food altogether.

      Any suggestions for restaurants in Brussels would be appreciated- I've never been! Probably in the 20-25€ per person range.

      1. re: Kyliebaby3

        Goodness, I just realised what a lazy beast I am: I thought, 'all the way out to Bruparck for a meal that may or may not be good?' Funny that I've never eaten there, especially as I do head out in that direction to catch films at Kinepolis, but otherwise, not really in that direction.

        I like the way you think (looking for something novel) but with one day/night in Brussels, you may wish to check out the things in the center-- galleries, shops, museum (Bozar may have something nice on, too). At the same time, the metro out to Bruparck may not be as much of a hassle as I'm pretending.

        If this is your first time ever in Belgium, you might enjoy going to the MuseumBrasserie (attached to the Museum of Beaux Arts), where the chef prepares traditional Belgian meals but with a more modern sensibility. The space is beautiful as well. They offer lunch and dinner there-- although now looking at your request, I see you want 20-25€ which suggests total-- I was thinking price per main. I'll try to think of others.

        1. re: Kyliebaby3

          I second Lizard's lazy thoughts! You can't get me out to Bruparck unless there's a chauffeured limo involved, which there never is. :o)

          A couple of other downtown Brussels recommendations, if you're abandoning the Atomium idea:

          Chez Vincent - Quite near Aux Armes de Bruxelles, but I think the quality is better (AAdB is getting a bit tattered, I think, and it tends to rest on its laurels)

          Le Fourneau - On Place Sainte Catherine. A "small plates, open kitchen" place. Nice sleek atmosphere and quite good food (maybe a bit pricey)

 - Just off the Rue de Namur, which leads south from the Musee de Beaux Arts. Interesting dishes (I believe I had kangaroo with white chocolate sauce once. It was better than it sounds.).

          In 't Spinnekopke - Place du Jardin aux Fleurs. Food might not be as good as Chez Vincent, but they specialise in cuisine a la biere and the atmosphere is really quite cozy (the building dates from 1607).

          Lola - Place du Sablon. Haven't been here in ages, but I recall it as being among the better of the Sablon restaurants, which can vary from touristically kitschy to pretentiously boring.

      2. Other standard for typically Belgian/Unique to Brussels are Aux Armes de Bruxelles and Falstaff (more a pub for lunch). Have not looked at prices, could still be a bit dear.

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        1. re: Lizard

          Thank you for your input two-fold. I'm going to bookmark this information and take it with me. I love the idea about dining in the Museum's Brasserie, so that is a very viable possibility. The budget I threw out was just for some frame of reference. I have a feeling it won't matter to us much because it is the last day/night of our trip, and being that it's our only day in Brussels, we will most likely be amenable to splurging a bit ;) Thanks so much!