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Moules Frites in Brussels

mgcmonkey Nov 11, 2010 05:11 AM

Chez Leon keeps coming up in my research, but the overall feeling I get is that this place is tourist trap. I only have time for one moules frites dinner. Where should I go?


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  1. SnackHappy RE: mgcmonkey Nov 15, 2010 07:15 PM

    Keep away from Chez Léon. It is indeed a tourist trap. The food is just this side of dismal. The ambiance is nonexistent and the service is disinterested. Unfortunately I don't have any recs for moules-frites in Brussels. Just wanted to warn you about Chez Léon.

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      mgcmonkey RE: SnackHappy Nov 16, 2010 07:39 AM

      warning heeded. thanks SnackHappy. Still looking for a good rec though :/

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      boccalupo RE: mgcmonkey Nov 16, 2010 08:03 AM

      Chez Leon is a tourist trap. My favorite places are Le Pre' Sale', 't Kelderke right on the Grand'Place and Bij Den Boer. There are many other fine places. One rule of thumb is to avoid places that invite you in, they abound on Rue de Bouchers.

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        Bill Shankly RE: boccalupo Nov 24, 2010 01:15 PM

        I agree on these places. Not in the city center but very good for mussels and fries is Friture René at the Place de la Résistance.

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        kerriar RE: mgcmonkey Nov 18, 2010 12:28 AM

        For an authentic (and good) moules frites, you need go no further than Le Bonne Humeur at 244 Chaussee de Louvain (Tel - well away from the tourist traps, this is the real thing.

        Expect simple formica tables, etc and don't bother dressing up. It's fairly small and popular so better book.

        Boccalupo's suggestions are also good.

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          Jbarrybarnes RE: mgcmonkey Dec 15, 2010 10:29 PM

          Jacques at the saint Catherine metro stop. 3 varieties of mussels. Yum.

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            caviargal RE: mgcmonkey Jan 6, 2011 03:59 AM

            I love mussels but cannot eat dairy. Is there a version made without creme that is readily available in Belgium? We are headed there this year.

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              Lizard RE: caviargal Jan 6, 2011 04:03 AM


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                SnackHappy RE: caviargal Jan 6, 2011 04:49 AM

                Most recipes contain butter, cream or both. Look for preparations like "à la provençale" which use olive oil, but inquire before ordering. The Belgians are very keen on butter and cream.

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                  Lizard RE: SnackHappy Jan 6, 2011 07:37 AM

                  Ah, that's right. Butter will be a problem. But if it is not, Moules Mariniere and Moules au Vin Blanc work as well.

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                hparav RE: mgcmonkey Jan 9, 2011 08:05 AM

                Aux Armes de Bruxelles near Grande Place. My husband is from Brussels and that is where they always go for mussels. Also they have a good sole meuniere.

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                  caviargal RE: hparav Jan 14, 2011 09:10 AM

                  Butter is also on my "no" list. Hoping I won't have too much of a challenge in Belgium with dining options. France is always a challenge for this reason. I order mostly salads and steak tartare when I am there and typically stick with restaurants specializing in cuisines other than French, which is not one of my favorites.

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