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Downtown Brussels restaurants are notoriously expensive and stuffy, so it pays, literally, to go off the beaten path for quality food and service at a reasonable price. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ favorite local gems:
1. Le Chalet de la Forêt. Chef Pascal Devalkeneer creates balanced and impeccably executed French inspired cuisine. Pair your repast with grand cru wines or local discoveries: the well-curated list here offers both.
2. Sea Grill. As the name suggests, this acclaimed restaurant in the Radisson Blu specializes in seafood. Chef Yves Mattagne sources ingredients from the best waters worldwide; a specially is the lobster dish prepared tableside.
3. Alexandre - Restaurant. Opened in 2008 by “Top Chef” France contestant Alexandre Dioniso, Alexandre serves a modern take on classic French cuisine that quickly earned the chef international accolades. The Menu du Soir offers course after course of exciting dishes like squid ink risotto, black olive cakes, and beef cheeks served with a bacon galette. The €30 (US$38) two-course lunch is a steal.
4. La Truffe Noire. This is widely regarded as one of Brussels’ best restaurants — and how could it not be with a menu based around black truffles? If you’re really looking to splurge, try the €225 (US $285) “Privilege Menu,” a six-course, truffle-infused dining experience.
5. Comme Chez Soi. The name of this family-owned restaurant dating back to 1926 means “Like Your House”, but that refers more to the warm service than the cuisine. The dining room is done in warm woods accented by Art Nouveau glass and metals designed by Horta. It’s a breathtaking spot for enjoying creative multi-course tasting menus featuring some of the best ingredients sourced from around the world such as Zeeland mussels, Iberian pork and North Sea lobster.