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Brussels and Amsterdam around Christmas

bunnylicious Dec 7, 2010 07:59 AM

Hi everyone,

I've done a search on the boards but would like some more recent info if possible...

Hubby and I will be in Brussels Dec 23-24 and Amsterdam Dec25-29. Looking for great places that will be open on these days. We would like to try moules frites in Brussels and Indonesian in Amsterdam, but no other specific meals we are looking for. We're on a bit of a budget, up to 35 euros pp before alcohol.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations!

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    Bill Shankly Dec 7, 2010 01:48 PM

    For Brussels, this topic sums it up quite well:


    I can add Aux Armes de Bruxelles and Vincent to that list for some proper Belgian food.

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    1. re: Bill Shankly
      kerriar Dec 9, 2010 12:53 AM

      For moules frits, Friture Rene and Bonne Humeur are trustworthy choices.

      I'd have some slight reservations about Aux Armes and Vincent - they are better than most of the places in the Grand Place/rue des Bouchiers area but that's not saying a lot and both places are favoured by groups/tourists etc. You could also safely add Scheltema (across the street from Vincent) to this list of ok middle-of-the-road places.

      Taverne du Passage in the Galeries de la Reine may be the best restaurant in that area and is also very typically old-style Belgian.

      Friture Rene (where the menu is much more extensive than the name implies) is good for real Belgian food - it is where the Ministry of Foreign affairs sometimes take visitors when the call is for somewhere authentic and unpretentious. It is however a bit out of the way (well, 10 minutes by taxi - Brussels is compact) and they can have funny reservation policies (sometimes simply "we don't take reservations").

      Check however for Christmas closures.

      1. re: kerriar
        Wayward biker Dec 12, 2010 11:43 AM

        I'd second the slight hesitation for Aux & Vincent. They are good no doubt but they are heavy towards tourist, special groups etc., and as a result tent to be more expensive than otherwise found. If this is ok with you, press. The Christmas opening is really going to be the main issue of course and with that, no good information.

    2. boredough Dec 7, 2010 02:05 PM

      We had a fabulous 25 dish Indonesian rijstaffel at Tempo Doeloe in Amsterdam, back in July. I googled the restaurant and can't find any info on Christmas, but do know that they speak English so you should give them a call (31) 20 625 6718. Everything was delicious and we would surely go back (but sadly have no plans to return to Amsterdam in the near future). I don't remember how much we paid (more than 35€/person) but there are many à la carte choices that might fit your budget.

      1. bunnylicious Dec 9, 2010 03:11 AM

        Thanks for the suggestions. I'll do some more research to confirm which places are open.

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        1. re: bunnylicious
          linguafood Dec 9, 2010 08:18 AM

          Do check out www.dutchgrub.com for Amsterdam suggestions, too!

          1. re: linguafood
            bunnylicious Dec 10, 2010 07:33 AM

            The challenge will be finding places that are open, especially considering my very limited internet access from now until then... I will share my findings in case anyone else is looking for ideas. :)

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          galka Dec 12, 2010 01:10 PM

          We just had a very nice rijsttafel this week at Djago in Amsterdam- the food was great and the atmosphere is lovely. In the middle of De Pijp, easy to get to by tram. We went there after doing some research on line and were very happy. Scheldeplein 18. tel 020-6642013

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          1. re: galka
            bunnylicious Dec 14, 2010 07:53 AM

            Thanks! I have contacted them. Also in the process of contacting a few other places. They are closed Dec24-26 and Dec 31 to Jan2.
            Also contacting some other places, will keep posted!

            1. re: bunnylicious
              Wayward biker Dec 15, 2010 12:10 PM

              If you continue to have trouble, please speak up. I can't say that I know of many who will be open in Brussels area then but there are some which aren't much spoken about here. That's because they are very local and not in the main tourist areas. So, travel to outlying suburbs would be required I should think.

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