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Dec 16, 2012 06:02 PM

Brussels: what's new and/or fun?

My wife and I are leaving the USA soon for our annual holiday visit to her parents in Brussels, and we try to break away from the family for one or two meals. No problem finding good traditional food, and we will fall back on that if we "must." But we are always interested in something new and/or fun, and it can be of any cuisine. As an example, we liked the head-to-tail offal concept of Viva M'Boma. Trendy, but a good restaurant, and neither pretentious nor pricey. Any suggestions?

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  1. Not particularly new in the absolute (I think it's been around for a couple of years) but new on my radar screen is La Buvette ( The chef used to be at L'Office in Paris, which is one of my favorite "bistronomie" places of this year. I've tried to get in a few times over the past month, and it's always been full...which has just solidified my resolve to go early in 2013!

    1. Thanks, Kelly. I'll check La Buvette out. I fear it will be full, though. That's always a problem with lack of advance planning.

      I might have mentioned something that, if not for being full, we'd have been all over: the Brussels Tram Experience. Sounds like something we'd love, but it seems that everyone else loves it, too, as it's booked solid.

      1. Hmm. Apparently not a lot of traffic here by people familiar with Brussels.

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        1. re: LorenzoGA

          If la Buvette doesn't work, try the related cafe des spores - lots and lots of mushroom based dishes which may sound limited but is really rather inventive. Also have a look at de la vigne a l'assiette for good wine list and above average food.

        2. Just wanted to add my two thoughts after a recent trip to Brussels. I used this thread as research to plan my trip. My husband and I went to La Buvette for dinner and had a wonderful meal. The 8 course tasting menu was amazingly good, and we've had a few top notch tasting menus to compare it to. This was one of my favorites, ever -- and for the price, definitely a steal! The staff were very kind about my poor French, and spoke to us mostly in English. We basically asked the waitress to put together beers to match our food, and she did a great job (and again, at a very reasonable price). I HIGHLY recommend.